The Notorious B.I.G.

Faith Evans and the Notorious B.I.G. – “Party on the West Coast (the Matoma Tropical Remix)” ft. Snoop Dogg

Back in 2014, Norwegian DJ Matoma managed to get New Edition's Ralph Tresvant and 1 percenter terrorist Ja Rule on a single called "Old Thing Back"—a…
Brian Josephs / May 22, 2017

Review: Faith Evans and the Notorious B.I.G.’s The King & I Is an Unconvincing Biggie Tribute

40 years in, hip-hop has aged enough to feature a classicist contingent. Apart from the interminable arguments about what constitutes real hip-hop, this contingent has…
Brian Josephs / May 22, 2017

Krist Novoselic Is Peddling Fake News About That Photo of Kurt Cobain and the Notorious B.I.G.

There's a photo you may have seen floating around recently, perhaps Instagrammed by A$AP Ferg or model Cara Delevingne. It's a grainy image of the Notorious B.I.G. hanging…
Anna Gaca / May 15, 2017

Unsolved, a New True Crime Series about Tupac and Biggie, Is Coming in 2018

In November, it was announced that USA Networks had acquired the pilot of Unsolved, a new scripted true-crime series about the murders of The Notorious…
Winston Cook-Wilson / May 15, 2017

“He Never Got To See the Final Product”: Director Paul Hunter Talks Making Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize” Video 20 Years Later

The Notorious B.I.G. introduced the world to the grandeur of his double album Life After Death with the lead single "Hypnotize," released on the first day of…
Paul Hunter / March 24, 2017

The Notorious B.I.G.: The Surreal Afterlife of a Hip-Hop Hero

This piece first ran as the cover story of the January 1998 issue of Spin. We are republishing the story in remembrance of the 20th anniversary…
Charles Aaron / March 9, 2017

Watch Diddy’s Tribute to the Notorious B.I.G. on the 20th Anniversary of His Death

The commercial success of the Notorious B.I.G.'s classic 1994 debut Ready to Die formed the bedrock for Diddy's still-standing Bad Boy empire. Today marks the 20th…
Brian Josephs / March 9, 2017

Celebrating Pop Poetics: 25 Poets Who Draw Inspiration From Music Icons

Last month, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, which sparked a lot of questions of whether music could be considered poetry or…
Andy Emitt / November 4, 2016

Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda Turn Hamilton’s Biggie Homage Into a Pro-Hillary Clinton Anthem

Three months after Lin-Manuel Miranda's departure, Hamilton has finally jumped the shark. Monday night, Miranda and Hamilton star Renée Elise Goldsberry performed a rewrite of the musical's "Ten Duel Commandments" (basically…
Brian Josephs / October 18, 2016

Once in a ‘Lifetime’: Why ‘Vol. 1′ Remains Jay Z’s Forgotten Masterpiece

In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z's debut album, Reasonable Doubt, we're publishing a series of pieces looking at the rapper's singular…
Tyrone Palmer / June 28, 2016

There’s a Notorious B.I.G. Hologram in the Works, According to Company That Made Tupac One

Tupac Shakur, the second-most famous person to ever appear in hologram form behind Princess Leia, may soon have some company. Entertainment Weekly reports that a Notorious…
James Grebey / March 29, 2016

Faith Evans Will Release Music Featuring Late Husband Biggie Smalls

In a recent interview with HipHollywood, R&B songstress Faith Evans revealed plans to release an album of posthumous duets with her late husband, Christopher "The…
Rachel Brodsky / November 18, 2014

The 100 Greatest Live Performances on YouTube

We're coming up on the tenth anniversary of YouTube next February, but really, it feels like the site has been around far longer. In fact,…
Andrew Unterberger / October 22, 2014

ESPN Analyst George Karl Is a Huge Gucci Mane Fan

List-making, as any honest music writer will tell you, is an inexact science, at best. ESPN analyst George Karl may have shown up in your…
Marc Hogan / April 2, 2014

Riffin’ and Samplin’: Danny Brown Raps Bob Dylan, and Jimmy Page Remixes Biggie

On Friday, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page released "Ramblize," a remix/mashup of the Notorious B.I.G.'s "Hypnotize" and Led Zep's "Ramble On," with Page's guitar and Robert Plant's…
Brandon Soderberg / November 20, 2013
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