Friday, May 21, 2010

Biggie's Birthday

Falling smack dab in the middle of Hip-Hop Appreciation week is a pretty BIG birthday. The man considered by most, to be the Best Rapper to ever grab the Mic. This post goes out to Christopher Wallace, better known as The Notorious B.I.G. who would be 38 today if he wasn't murdered in 1997 in California. While we're on the topic of Rap Names, Big's original moniker, Biggie Smalls, is the Villain from one of my favorite movies, a 1975 Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby and JJ Walker buddy pic called "Lets Do It Again". Honestly there is no shortage of viable names from this film: Bootney Farnsworth, Kansas City Mack, Bubbletop Woodson, Fish an' Chips Freddie, 40th Street Black and Mongo Slade (Bill Cosby's Neurotic Gangster alter ego, probably the best character ever invented EVER).

I think my mission of appreciating Biggie as a Rap figurehead and martyr can not be denied so I feel like there is little more that I can share. You are probably already aware that I dedicate my (Christian) Sabbaths in his honor, a tradition that dates back 5 years to a little rap cave at 44 Chittenden Avenue in Columbus Ohio. While there, my roommates and I all took one day out of the week, Sunday, and came together to relax and lick our party wounds to the sublime lyrics and beats of Ready to Die, Life After Death and Born Again. Today, although it is not Biggie Sunday, I figure his birthday is just as good a day to pay him RESPECT.

Song #167: The Notorious B.I.G. - Respect

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