March 9 will mark 21 years since the world lost Christopher Wallace, aka Biggie Smalls aka The Notorious B.I.G.
Biggie has influenced pop culture and our lives in a myriad of ways and they each contribute to his infinite legacy. The impact he had on hip-hop alone will never be forgotten and his legacy continues to live on today.
In tribute to Black History Month and in honour of Biggie, here are just a few reasons why he’ll always go down in history as one of the G.O.A.Ts.
1. He is your favourite rapper’s favourite rapper.
Biggie’s influence cannot be denied in current hip-hop culture. From subtle lyrical references from rappers like Jay-Z to artists like Diddy outright paying homage, folks everywhere — including the entire Bad Boy crew (Lil’ Kim, 112, etc.) — have respect for the talent and influence Biggie possessed.
2. The culture emulated his passion for fashion.
Once Biggie let us know that he “stayed COOGI down to the socks,” an entire advertising campaign for