JAY-Z Diddy Pay Tribute To Notorious B.I.G. On 50th Birthday
The notorious B.I.G. would be 50 years old today. In honor of his birthday, the King of New York was celebrated by his closest friends and collaborators, including JAY-Z and Diddy, during TIDAL’s “A Toast to BIG” on Twitter Spaces, hosted by Elliott Wilson.
When he died, he was only 24 years old, leaving behind a legacy that would live on forever. JAY-Z
“You realize the impact it has had on the world in such a short amount of time,” he said. “Some people live twice as long and don’t succeed and don’t touch the world like someone like Big does. If someone can touch the world as they have it, you will have a blessed life no matter what the time.”
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Hov also reflected on their friendship, which went beyond music. “He was just an incredible lyricist, but even better human being, was super funny. All we did was laugh,” he said. “We talked about serious things in between but everything was based around when we were getting our next laugh. We would work and get that out the way so we could just hang out.”
In 1995-1996, Biggie told JAY-Z that he wanted them to buy two houses next to each other in Atlanta, but JAY-Z couldn’t understand why at the time. “I’m looking like, Atlanta? I’m like, we’re the hottest guys in New York City, like in the world. Why we going to Atlanta?” he recalled. “You think about how influential Atlanta is today, you see how much of a visionary this guy was.
“He was fly on his own so it was a great time in fashion,” he added. “Fashion was a big part of his shit, the way he looked.”
In addition to his style, his confidence was on display in his flow. Diddy brought him records like “Mo Money Mo Problems” and Big was able to adapt. “He could only make music that was coming from his heart,” said Puff. “I knew I could give him the shiniest record that would make people feel good and he’d be able to still bring it where it was relatable to the people we were making our music for, which is people in the hood.”
Added Diddy, “That’s a beautiful example of his song arrangement, of his artistry, and also that other side of him too. He could flow at that frequency because he was a cat that really wanted to have fun all the time.”
Tonight, the Empire State Building will be lit up red and white in celebration of Biggie’s birthday. The MTA is also releasing special edition Biggie MetroCards, which will be available at subway stations near his old Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.
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