My dude @swiftfunkus sent me this clip of Biggie onstage with a BUMASS DJ.
There’s no two ways to put it, man. Big Kap had no business onstage with the Great One. Biggie knew it…and could not take it anymore.
WoW. I normally wouldn’t cosign bottling your own DJ and throwing him under the bus, but in this case, it was necessary.
The best way I can illustrate Big’s impact on the game to you is with his own words…
…spoken by the “next big thing”…
Putting this out there for y’all that don’t remember it. It showed up on mixed tapes and was really “provocative…gets the people going!” It’s a buncha examples of Jay ‘quoting’ Biggie lyrics with Biggie’s originals immediately afterwards…for SIX MINUTES.
The innanetz hadn’t gone as crazy as they are now yet when this first hit the streets. I don’t even remember who put it together. it caused some controversy back in the day. Now, of course, biting is the thing to do and no one thinks twice about it, but there was a time where if you said a rhyme that someone else said, you looked like an asshole…and if you KEPT doing it, you looked like a thief.
Question; if Jay was “bigging up his brother” by chewing up his lines one by one, did he give Big or Big’s family songwriting credit/publishing/royalties behind ANY of the examples you will hear here? I really have no idea, but I would think THAT would be a fitting tribute. That’s just me tho..
Don’t get me wrong; Jay is one of the greats and honestly, I never felt like he blatantly plagiarized Biggie…but there are some times when I did feel like this..”Bruh, please stop with the Biggie lines.”
#RIPBIG tho. Consider this more of a history lesson than a scolding of Jay on the anniversary of Big’s death. That ain’t what this post is about. This is about Big’s true impact on the game, as heard through the voice of a dude who’s been on top of it damn near since Big left this mortal coil.
I’m bigging up my brother.
How heavy is THIS picture…?
It damn near brought tears to my eyes.
Long Live The King.
Rawkawn, New York, RawkAWN.