March 9th marks 20 years since The Notorious B.I.G. (Christopher Wallace) was shot four times in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles and died about an hour later. He died at the age of 24, in the middle of a dramatic rise through the music industry after releasing many critically acclaimed and commercially acclaimed albums. It had been producer P. Diddy who, having heard Biggie’s demo tape, signed the artist to his newly formed label, Bad Boy Records. 20 years on from his fatal shooting, nobody knows who fired the shots.
On his Instagram, Diddy wrote “20 years ago today we lost the greatest rapper of all time, The Notorious B.I.G. We’re celebrating his life through his music and through his legacy today. I want everyone to get involved and rap your favorite Biggie verse, tag me and use the hashtag #WeMissYouBIG @badboyent.”
Diddy’s video reached over 100,000 views on Instagram alone in under two hours, demonstrating the extent of Biggie Smalls' impact two decades after his fatal shooting.
The clips will later be chopped up and edited into “something special”. A number of projects have been announced for the anniversary of the artists’ death, including a posthumous duet album featuring Faith Evans rumoured to be released in May called ‘The King & I’. Biggie will also appear as a fictional version of himself in the upcoming Tupac biopic, All Eyez On Me. Yesterday P. Diddy revealed that he is ready to debut a Bad Boy Records documentary called “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” at the Tribeca Film Festival next month. The film is set to showcase the label’s 20 year history - and will include the murder of its most talented artist, The Notorious B.I.G.
Stream The Notorious B.I.G.'s 1994 Ready To Die album here
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