The Day the Music Died

I did one of these on the fifth anniversary of 9/11 and ended up enjoying it quite a bit, so I figured I’d do another one the next time a big anniversary rolled around, no pun intended.

Also feel free to check out the collection of Biggie-related links I posted today on my own site.

Hypnotize

I had just turned 16 a few days prior to the day Biggie Smalls died, but I didn’t get my driver’s license until a while later. I had gotten my learner’s permit that winter, but I couldn’t actually get behind the wheel, because I was on crutches at the time.

That fall, I had fallen running in the rain and ended up breaking my ankle. It was pretty fucked up, and I had to have a metal plate and a few screws drilled into my right leg. But I was back walking by that March, and, as I recall, I had just started driving right around that time.

We would go out in that same station wagon I was driving when I killed that dog. My old man would ride shotgun and my mom would sit in the back. Her nerves were never that good anyway, but she would get especially pissed when I’d crank up the radio too loud.

This was still a few weeks before Life After Death came out, but the single for “Hypnotize” was all over the radio like HPV on the town bicycle.

Peep: The Notorious B.I.G. “Hypnotize”

“Biggie Smalls is dead.”

The day before Biggie died, I had to go to the mall with my parents to look at some lawn mowers. While I was there, I picked up that month’s issue of The Source, which had Biggie on the cover. (Remember, he was on the cover two months in a row that year.)

Afterwards, we went to this place out in the Chesterfield Valley, where you could get these huge-ass hamburgers. I spent most of my time there – after I got done eating, natch – reading the feature on Biggie in The Source.

I can’t remember what else I did that day, but I’m sure it involved sitting on a couch and watching MTV. I went to bed relatively early, because you know how eating a shiteload of beef will knock a brother out cold.

The next morning, my old man started banging on my down around about 8-ish. I was like (and I’m paraphrasing), “Man, what the fuck? I’m trying to sleep!” He was like, “Biggie Smalls is dead.” I got up, turned on MTV, and, lo and behold, there it was on the ticker.

Peep: Biggie’s last radio interview

Life After Death

I can’t remember what it was in reference to, but the other day I mentioned that Ready to Die is one of my favorite albums evar, but I hardly ever listen to it anymore. One of you d-bags asked me why, which got me to thinking.

Part of it’s that it’s just plain not my m.o. to listen to a lot of old music in general. I have to listen to new music anyway for my work (such as it is), which doesn’t leave very much time to dwell on the old shit anyway.

I do have a few older albums that I continue to crank on a regular basis, but none of them are rap albums. For whatever reason, I just plain don’t experience hip-hop the same way I experience other genres of music.

Where as I can continue to go back to classic rock albums again and again over the years, I usually reach a point with rap albums where, regardless of how good they are, I feel like I’m more or less done with them.

The catalog sales for classic hip-hop albums vis a vis classic rock albums would suggest that I’m not the only one who feels this way. I wonder why that is.

Peep: The Notorious B.I.G. “Mo Money, Mo Problems”

  • Blue Dawg

    Biggie – NY ain’t been the same since you left!

  • derfla the hus’la

    haha funny post bolrat wonder why you never choked on any of them burgers you fat flob

    bumpin life after death for the rest of the day my cd still aint rusty..

    R.I.P Big save a nigga

  • thoreauly77

    well bol. i think you should listen to “ready to die” today. and don’t kill anymore dogs, that shit is fucked up.

  • che

    far from one of bol’s finest moments:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWOQRw-iHos

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >I really had to strain to even comment on this post as I find it lacking in content.

    Well, I appreciate the effort…

  • Meka Soul

    every day this year i put all other music aside and listen to everything christopher wallace. it pains me to have been a witness to someone that great depart this world all too soon.

    but i digress. everytime i listen to a biggie smalls song, watch a biggie smalls video or read a biggie smalls piece [or write… http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/columns-editorials/id.735/title.did-the-greatest-rapper-of-all-time-die-on-march-9th/p.all

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    …Bol you need to update your photo…living in the past i see…

    RIP BIG

    FAV LINE:
    “…relax and take notes, while I take totes of the marijuana smoke…”

  • self hating nigga AKA bol

    you hate yourself of course you dont like the music that pays your bills t

  • giant douche

    classic rock still sells because its long had exposure on the radio while classic hip hop has no such outlet…and we all know that most people that buy records these days are old people and hicks that learn about music from old sources ie the radio and other brainwashin bullshit

  • Meka Soul

    damn html fuck ups… anyways…

    …but i digress. everytime i listen to a biggie smalls song, watch a biggie smalls video or read a biggie smalls piece [or write… http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/columns-editorials/id.735/title.did-the-greatest-rapper-of-all-time-die-on-march-9th/p.all ] [i know cheap plug, no jaquez & pizo love child] i celebrate the life & times of that man.

  • mannyworld33

    MAN SHOUT OUT TO EREAL FOR TAKIN’ BACK TO 1996(the best year evar!)
    I WAS 15 AND DIDN’T HAVE A CARE IN THE WORLD(or a bill for that matter)
    BUT THAT YEAR WE HAD A BIG SNOWSTORM IN PHILLY SO WE HAD HELLA DAYS OFF FROM SCHOOL AND ARGUED ALL DAY ABOUT WHO’S THE BEST MC’S(biggie, jay-z & nas) I’LL NEVER FORGET WHERE I WAS WHEN I GOT THE NEWS. I WAS WATCHIN’ MTV TRYIN’ TO FIGURE OUT WHY THEY WAS PLAYIN’ ALL B.I.G VIDEOS AND THEN THE SKINNY TEH GHEY REPORTER(4got his name) DROPPED A BOMB ON ME(NO GAP BAND) I STILL LISTEN TO BROOKLYN’S FINEST AND WONDER ABOUT A BIG/HOV ALBUM TO THIS DAY!

    R.I.P B.I.G

  • Champlain

    Bol, I was dying reading that dog story, until i realized that was my dog…..no but that was some funny but sad shit, just the way you stated it is what had me laughing out loud, I was on my way to hockey practice when I found out that BIG had died. Terrible day for music as a whole.

  • DANJA29

    Wow Bol… seems to me you weren’t an anti-hiphop prick your WHOLE life. I guess adulthood just got to you, eh?

  • Fernando

    Bol –

    Maybe you cant re-visit old hip-hop albums because you are a sellout chump that bumps the most emo-bullsh*t albums ever.

    I have no problem bumping old camp-lo, bootcamp, Wu(all members included), mac dre, 40 water, young bleed, master p, lyricist lounge, organized confusion, etc. etc……
    In fact, most peoples best work came early when they were still hungry.

    But I guess if Blind Melon, Gin Blossoms, Hole, Sonic Youth, Fleetwood Mac, Liz Phair, Radiohead, and temple of the dog still float your oversized lard boat then go ahead. Nobody can change the fact that you relate to cracka-ass cracker music.
    You should really find some hipsters to hang out with. You could be their token black friend that knows all about hip-hop but secretly makes fun of it and gets more pleasure form white music.

    Let me guess…. your favorite groups include De La Soul, Pharside, Tribe Called Quest, and old ass East Coast (Public Enemy, Eric B & Rakim, etc. etc.) Typical Cracker / hipster taste in rap. If Biggie wasnt dead, you probably wouldnt even like him.

  • http://bye BIZNESS

    I somewhat agree with Bol.

    but Here is a list of the only “back in the day” Albums I can still listen too today.

    Illmatic
    CNN- war report
    Mobb Deep- Hell on earth
    and a few more I will forget to mention

    (notice they all from QB?)

  • Fernando

    Brotha Lynch Hung – “Loaded” = Best Album Evar!

    RTD, Reasonable Doubt, First 3 Kast Albums, Illmatic, All the First Wu Albums, 1st Bootcamp, Master P = 99 ways to die, First 3-4 Pac albums, Sex packets, Mac Dre – Heart of a gangster mind of a hustler toungue of a pimp, Juvenile 500 degrees, Young Bleed, & a whole lot more Still get play in my whip every few months. Gotta love the mid-late 90′s!

  • Fernando

    crap……….this page wont load all the new comments…..WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY???????????

  • Bruva P

    Man, it was freshman year in college. I think I went to some club that night (maybe UNITY or something like that, LA heads know), those days are clouded in smoke. We all knew it was coming. Big’s death. My roomate had 92.3 the beat on and they were dedicating hella songs to Big. Shit was crazy he got shot on Wilshire by the Car museum. I drive by that place all the time, its now infamous.

    Yo, support hip hop from back in the day (its not old school but the shit we fell in love with). Most of my shit is on tape so I go back an cop the CD’s. I like to hold my music. Your on some bullshit. If you love this hip hop shit, support it, create a legacy, and vote with your dollars. That’s all the labels understand…number$.

    One

  • Were Read 2 Def

    Sorry fellas, but ’97 was the year.

  • Were Read 2 Def

    I mostly listen 2 older rap cuz that’s where its at.

  • Fernando

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  • Weezy F. Baby

    “Where as I can continue to go back to classic rock albums again and again over the years, I usually reach a point with rap albums where, regardless of how good they are, I feel like I’m more or less done with them.”

    This is because while Hip-Hop is largely driven by its lyrics/words, other genre’s of music, particularly classic rock is driven by the melody. You can only hear the same punchline or story or bodacious trash talk enough times before it stops being relevant. However, rock is like mood music. It puts you in a certain mood/zone. For some odd reason, you can connect better with great rock songs on a deeper level emotionally than you can with even the best of hip/hop tracks. I remember I used to be like “maaan fuck the world!” whenever I heard Nas’s “Life’s a Bitch” with AZ on Illmatic… now its like meh. Great HipHop is like a snack, something like potato chips, it always leaves you wanting more, but it never quite fills you up. Wack HipHop ie. Mims, M.Bleek, D4L etc. is like candy…tastes good, but its horrible for u!

    My name is Lil’ Wayne and I AM HIP-HOP!! Also in case you didnt know, my leather is STILL so soft, I STILL got army Gunz, I’m STILL the Fireman except now I’m stunting WITH my daddy and not LIKE my Daddy. no homo? naah. homo.

  • CheaChea

    bol do you ever look at yourself in the mirror and think….wow im a real douch bag

    just a thought

  • DEESENOTS

    C’MON BOL! YOU’RE ALL BIGGIED OUT TOO HUH?

  • E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA

    R.I.P Biggie

    Ready To Die > any rock, r&b, pop, country, whatever genre you like.

  • Bolofshit

    “I had fallen running in the rain…”

    Well we know this isn’t true…

  • Cuban Link

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^CO-sign RIP Chris

  • BABAGANOUCH

    The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE Says:

    March 9th, 2007 at 2:46 pm
    …Bol you need to update your photo…living in the past i see…

    RIP BIG

    FAV LINE:
    “…relax and take notes, while I take totes of the marijuana smoke…”

    How could that be your “fav line” if you cant even get the shit right? The word is “tokes” you dumb bitch.

  • thoreauly77

    fern- its all about de la, tribe, pharcyde, and little brother. also, el-p and aesop rock! white boys, stand up!

  • Cuban Link

    Fernando Says:

    March 9th, 2007 at 4:31 pm
    Brotha Lynch Hung – “Loaded” = Best Album Evar!

    ^^Season of Da Siccness>pretty much any album

  • cacapoopoo

    Bol Says: you know how eating a shiteload of beef will knock a brother out cold.

  • Tag

    Only time I lissen to rock is when I just heard to much hiphop and I’m tired of it. Put on a rock album, hear somethin else and after that no more rock but right back to hiphop, and all the other music genre’s are fuck up( no dog bol killed ) if you ask me.

  • http://www.younghorus.com young horus

    The day biggie died, I was at school (London, UK) during my GCSEs. It was break-time when 2 of my best friends at the time came up and gave me the horrible (but strangely exciting) news.

  • stoneyisland

    Bol, i never thought I would agree with anything that comes out of your dick sucking mouth but you do have a point, I have over 2000 rap CD’s some I havent listened too in over 5 years however I will throw on a old levert album in a heart beat, the problem with rap is this new age rap is a travesty. Not to mention so damn vulgar that you cant play it at your 9 to 5 unless you work at a car wash or some low paying gig at a burger joint but for those of us who work downtown for the man 3/4 of the shit is too graphic and sensless to play all the time. I wouldnt dare play half og the shit out in front of Ma Duke or Ma’Dear. Hip hop is dead and I am glad about it. However unlike you Bol I dont fuck with Pop tunes so I will stick to old school R&B.

  • ty from linden blvd

    Let me guess…. your favorite groups include De La Soul, Pharside, Tribe Called Quest, and old ass East Coast (Public Enemy, Eric B & Rakim, etc. etc.) Typical Cracker / hipster taste in rap. If Biggie wasnt dead, you probably wouldnt even like him.

    whoa whoa whoa

    atcq,de la soul old eastcoast music etc….

    dude all those artist u named is required hip hop listening.

    atcq dropped one of hip hop’s best albums(midnight marauders)rakim is arguably the goat and at the very least a top 10 emcee.PE is mos def one of hip hop’s greatest groups.far from typical cracker shit.

    bol seems like on of dem niggas that’s afraid to eat fried chicken in public tho.

  • blake600

    how come this much love wasn’t shown to 2pac last september?

  • ty from linden blvd

    Let me guess…. your favorite groups include De La Soul, Pharside, Tribe Called Quest, and old ass East Coast (Public Enemy, Eric B & Rakim, etc. etc.) Typical Cracker / hipster taste in rap. If Biggie wasnt dead, you probably wouldnt even like him.

    whoa whoa whoa

    atcq,de la soul old eastcoast music etc….

    dude all those artist u named is required hip hop listening.

    atcq dropped one of hip hop’s best albums(midnight marauders)rakim is arguably the goat and at the very least a top 10 emcee.PE is mos def one of hip hop’s greatest groups.far from typical cracker shit.

    bol seems like on of dem niggas that’s afraid to eat fried chicken in public tho

  • derfla the hus’la

    @ stoney Iam with you on this one son ol school RnB is the shit Luther, Lsg an them besides that I listen to some of that regea shit….sizzla, Morgan heritage, I-wayne those dudes are the shit following on Bob Marley’s legecy.

  • young jesse

    I’ve been reading this blog for a little bit but never bothered to post. After reading this pathetic excuse of a Biggie tribute, though, I’ve gotta say something.

    Biggie is perhaps the best rapper of all time, definitely up there with the best, anyway. And this is all Bol can come up with? So you were 16, had a crappy car and went shopping with your mom. You found out Biggie died the next day, you still like RTD but don’t listen to it…. and that’s it? You could’ve at least made some shit up.

    Hell, I’m a 21 year old white kid from crackertown, Missouri (kinda like Bol). I was like 11 when Biggie died, 10 when Tupac was gunned down. I had barely even heard their music until I was like 15. And even I could’ve come up with something better than this.

  • whup8UR8head

    u get tired of rap albums..even the classics? maybe u need to check out the following

    1.Me Agaisnt the World (better than all eyes one me)
    2. Marshall Mathers LP
    3. ATLiens
    4. Second Rounds on Me (yea fucking Obie Tirce… i dont care how much its sold..dudes lyrical)
    5. The Seven Day Theroy
    4. Get Rich or Dye Tryin

    how dont know how ur gonna say u like rock and roll more than rap when u write for fucking XXL

  • Cuban Link

    ^^^Co-sign I can bump any one of those CDs anyday straight through.

  • Cuban Link

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  • BE

    ok..so i learned Bol was a clumsy nerd who broke his ankle..went to bed early because his parents said he had to be in bed by 8 p.m. and also he was probably even fatter as a child because he ate Hamburgers all day..lol.

  • HuRrIcAnE…bitcheZ

    ay0 b0-ner

    what do u look for in A SONG? like what d0 u like t0 hear?

    this leads to a very important question so please answer it.

    or die.

  • jacquez
  • EReal

    Bol = The Hamburglar

  • Anonymous

    Ok, this is a better post than your “Obama isn’t black” article which was utterly distasteful and ignorant. Biggie’s death was tragic so I hope you’re not trying to slander Biggie’s music on his anniversary. Maybe classic rap albums aren’t on shelves because white executives don’t even know what classic rap albums are. And they are the ones making most of the decisions as to what gets put on the shelves. I know you’re writing to create controversy and grab some readers for a come up but try to think “uplift”. I know its hard for you. You probably just weren’t raised that way, but, at least try to learn.

  • chip burner

    BIG was so ahead of his time. I listen to ready to die and I still play that shit in my car. I listen to more older albums than new because I’m not feelin a lot of shit that’s out.

  • mista b

    big was sweet as hell
    but compared to pac he was
    second best.
    ready to die was cool and all
    but couldnt mess with strictly fo my niggas.
    biggie used pac’s whole style
    and don kluminati 7 say theory was the
    greated album of all time
    do we need to check the tracklists and compare. what that nigga be sayin
    go listen

  • blergmatic

    far from one of bol’s finest moments:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWOQRw-iHos

    Byron you fat faggoty ass white boy. I will never read anything you post again.