Things Fall Apart…

I read a book titled ‘Things Fall Apart’ by this African dude named Chinua Achebe. It detailed the spread of the colonial influence in a small west African village. The story is deep on so many levels and one of the things that I always remember about the story was the custom of the elders to pour palm wine onto the ground prior to having a dinner party or any gathering of family and friends. The notion is that you are paying tribute to the people that have come before you in this life. Today we pour a little libation down to the ground for the memory of Christopher ‘Notorious B.I.G.’ Wallace. After that we keep it moving. No Bed-Stuy parade today. No calls from negroidian clergymen for unity in the community. In truth, this is how it should be done.

What is more important to you, March 9 or May 21? If you are a hardcore fan of B.I.G. then how come you choose to celebrate his death over his birth? May 21 is the day that the essence delivered Christopher Wallace to this planet. Shouldn’t that be the time that his fans gather and celebrate and put their first two fingers peace sign in the air? This is why XXL is the publication for a living Hip-Hop culture. Even though Lil’ Weasle is on the cover at least he is alive. We need to stop commemorating people’s deaths because this is ultimately what comes to define them. The fact that they are dead. Pac’ B.I.G., L, Pun, Mac Dre, and everybody else who ever rapped and died should be celebrated for living and inspiring us to greater heights.

Hip-Hop isn’t dead, but it represents for the culture of death. It wears it around it’s next like a Jesus piece. How many times do we use the terms ‘mercked’ and ‘bodied’ in our discussions about our artists. I realize how guilty I am of perpetuating this cycle of violence and death. Here it is we have this beautiful thing called Hip-Hop that can help so many of us make a living, but it is being operated and co-signed by people that only wish to make a killing. Where do you think B.I.G. would be regarding this argument if he were still here today?

John Brown, who chided me for this drop said something powerful in one of his comments to me. Time is money. That is mother fucking real talk. I appreciate the money that you spend with me when you come to this website. You could go a lot of other places on the web, but the fact that you come to XXLMAG Dot Com means that I owe you something for your time. Instead of throwing darts at Wayne or D4L or whoever’s on my radar that given day for killing Hip-Hop I will ask you to pour out a little something for all the people that came before us. Through them we might find the truth about this thing called life. Celebrate life bitches. Fuck yo’ death.

  • E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA

    Death is celebrated more because its mysterious and people want to think that they will be rewarded in an afterlife for their sufferin and good deeds. I pay my respects to the dead but I’m gonna keep living my life.

    “Fuck bad bitches smoke big blunts. Who am I to tell you otherwise you only live once” Jeezy

  • Germ

    Great post.

    You didn’t shit on Hov [by saying Biggie would] in this post, like homie requested, but still a great post. Keep it up

  • derfla the hus’la

    I aint gonna speculate on what the game will be like if biggie was around but in one way or another the game would be different.

    I think we remember biggies death coz most of us 80′s baby and older where there to witness the tradegy and this has stayed as a topic to us coz of the whole biggie pac situation plus the whole conspiracy theory behind these two tradegies.

    R.I.P frank white

  • EReal

    I co-sign that man. As well as all the references that rappers make to being killed. Its really the only thing in this feild that makes you immortal. I.E. Elvis, the INXS singer, Kurt Kobain, ect.

    We celebrate those that were taken from us pre-maturely. Thats the mysticsm of it all. We can look at someone like James Brown or Ray Charles for example that lived his life through so we celebrate his life and legacy as such.
    Yet with our heroes that died early we ponder what their legacy would have been had they lived. What would be different. I dont look at it so much as celebrating BIG’s death as in remembering how a piece of hiphop or whatever culture was taken away that day. We dont celebrate, we COMMEMORATE. Kna Mean? True in the hiphop community it solidifies you as a legend pretty much no matter what you’ve accomplished. Theres probably MCs on the caliber of a big pun, or a big L, but noone would ever say they were better because it’s blasphemy in some way. People are so obsessed with holding up this legacy of what was and what could have been. Maybe we’ve given up. Maybe March 9th 1997 is when hiphop really died. Its that memory of that day and the times before it that we come to commemorate. You’re right, we should celebrate the birth of a legend, but does that mean we shouldnt commemorate that day, those days when BIG and Pac died that changed this HipHop shit forever? I mean think about it, after they died it was everyone squashin beef, the minister steppin in. I mean damn, noone would touch beef or gangsta rap until 50 brought that shit back(even tho puffy was hardbodyin it, but not on wax). Those days and that day in-particular changed the landscape of our genre forever. In that light I think it’s important to keep March 9th alive, not only for what BIG was, but for what he could have been and how different this rap shit would be.
    Just my .02

    1 hunned.

  • Davinche

    When Biggie was born what had he accomplished? Nothing. He was any child with any future.

    When he was dead he left the fact that he had left 2 classics, no shit tracks, and a legacy behind him which STEAL has not been touched.

    Its shame he is dead, of course, but only when he died he became the legend he is.

  • John Brown

    REAL TALK BILLY

    Thanks for the shout-out but to be truthfull I dont celebrate BIGGIE’s death today I celebrate his legacy, because when Biggie was born he didnt have a legacy but when was taken from us he did have a legacy and thats why I celebrate this day. This whole week I was kinded pissed off at XXL dot com for not showing BIGGIE love the whole week like hiphopdx.com did. But after reading this blog along with Tara I can see why when Im at work or at home I come to xxlmag dot com.

    Now THATS HIP-HOP ON A HIGHER LEVEL.

    “Long live the real KING of NY”.

    HALLELUJAH…HOLLA BACK

  • Atl’s own

    R.I.P Biggie; 1 of the greatest of the greatest!

    i think people tend to focus on Big’s (pac’s too) death becuz of dat wat if factor.

    If Big was alive, this this and this would ov happened; or that that and that wouldn’t be going on.

    people need to stop livin’ in theez alternate universes and focus on this reality!

    so u’m wit cha! Celebrate life not death!

    besides the only person whom i celebrate both birth and death for is Christ.

    and even Biggie the great wasn’t that nice!

  • John Brown

    MY FAV. BIGGIE JOINT

    Artist: Notorious BIG
    Song: Suicidal Thoughts

    (RING, RING)
    (Hello? Aw shit, nigga. What the fuck time is it, man?
    Oh god damn. Nigga do you know what time it is?
    Aw shit, what the fuck’s goin’ on? You alright?
    Aw, nigga what the fuck is wrong wit you?)

    When I die, fuck it I wanna go to hell
    Cause I’m a piece of shit, it ain’t hard to fuckin’ tell
    It don’t make sense, goin’ to heaven wit the goodie-goodies
    Dressed in white, I like black Tims and black hoodies
    God will probably have me on some real strict shit
    No sleepin’ all day, no gettin my dick licked
    Hangin’ with the goodie-goodies loungin’ in paradise
    Fuck that shit, I wanna tote guns and shoot dice
    All my life I been considered as the worst
    Lyin’ to my mother, even stealin’ out her purse
    Crime after crime, from drugs to extortion
    I know my mother wished she got a fuckin’ abortion
    She don’t even love me like she did when I was younger
    Suckin’ on her chest just to stop my fuckin’ hunger
    I wonder if I died, would tears come to her eyes?
    Forgive me for my disrespect, forgive me for my lies
    My babies’ mothers 8 months, her little sister’s 2
    Who’s to blame for both of them (naw nigga, not you)
    I swear to God I just want to slit my wrists and end this bullshit
    Throw the Magnum to my head, threaten to pull shit
    And squeeze, until the bed’s, completely red
    I’m glad I’m dead, a worthless fuckin’ buddah head
    The stress is buildin’ up, I can’t,
    I can’t believe suicide’s on my fuckin’ mind
    I want to leave, I swear to God I feel like death is fuckin’ callin’ me
    Naw you wouldn’t understand (nigga, talk to me please)
    You see its kinda like the crack did to Pookie, in New Jack
    Except when I cross over, there ain’t no comin’ back
    Should I die on the train track, like Remo in Beatstreet
    People at the funeral frontin’ like they miss me
    My baby momma kissed me but she glad I’m gone
    She knew me and her sista had somethin’ goin’ on
    I reach my peak, I can’t speak,
    call my nigga Chic, tell him that my will is weak.
    I’m sick of niggas lyin’, I’m sick of bitches hawkin’,
    matter of fact, I’m sick of talkin’.
    (BANG)
    (hey yo big…hey yo big)

  • rec

    “if you knew what life was worth, you would look for yours on earth” Bob Marley

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    Davinche Says:

    March 9th, 2007 at 1:31 pm
    When Biggie was born what had he accomplished? Nothing. He was any child with any future.

    When he was dead he left the fact that he had left 2 classics, no shit tracks, and a legacy behind him which STEAL has not been touched.

    Its shame he is dead, of course, but only when he died he became the legend he is.

    ^^^^^^^^

    I think BIG is the best that ever did it, but there is some truth to what Davinche says in that he’s a legend cuz he died.

    To be honest, I think that if he or Pac were still alive, they wouldn’t be as big or respected as they are today cuz eventually when you on top so long people start disliking you (ie- Jay Z). Cats would’ve prolly started calling Big a sell-out or his music perhaps would not have fit the times (like the Wu-Tang Clan)

    Imagine if The Wu (collectively) would have all died in a plane crash after 36 chambers – they would probably be revered as the greatest of all time (now-a-days there are plenty of people who don’t appreciate the Wu)

    Or what if Jay-Z would have passes after Reasonable Doubt (he probably wouldn’t have as many haters as he does today)

    Point is that when you “go out” on top, people will always assume that you would maintained that status had you not gone. Fans never think of how quick they can turn on you as an artist (the artist know this VERY well)

    Think how everyone was on 50 cents’ dick (no homo) when he first came out. Now, you’d be hard-pressed to find a true 50 fan.

    Same coulda happened to Big or Pac .. but we’ll never know. RIP

  • 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.hiphopdxcom/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

    Stop the F’n press…how is Weezy killing the game…if anything he is bringing life to the game…and when Carter III roll around he gonna make rappers step their game up…these rappers got to lazy…no more dedicated hard workers (i.e. PAC)…Weezy gonna do to the game what 50 did a few years back…mark my words…i can tell you are a people pleaser Billy you spineless peice of feces…

  • Were Read 2 Def

    Explain to me how I spend money by reading your blog.

  • 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.hiphopdxcom/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.

  • Incilin

    Hmm… maybe. But fuck it; “dying aint the shit, but it’s pleasant, kinda quiet” (guess who?)

  • http://dronkmunk.blogpsot.com dronkmunk

    You know, you always seem to take these posts just ONE paragrpah too far before saying something stupid

  • dreadklove

    very poignant blog…celebrate life so maybe we can save some lives.

  • giantSupreme

    sunday, where you from? because you are always taking shots at people from the south. i bet you if the east coast still had it, you would say all things in the east are great. it seems like your only hope so far from the east coast to crack the charts is using a “down south” beat (mims). you need to stop hating cause they’re clearly gettting money without your two cents. every region gets their time to shine. that’s like hating on your cousins cause they from kentucky and you from jersey. everybody had a equal part in “killing” hip-hop, not just the south.

  • Fernando

    Good Post Sunday…….

    Im definitely gonna bump some Biggie when I get off work. There is actually a crackin party tonight so I know its gonna be in full effect!

    R.I.P MAC “Mothafukin” DRE!!! He was like the Oakland / Bay Area Biggie Smalls. Yadiddaaaaammeeaaaannn!!!

    Anyways, much liquor will be poured out tonight.

  • Cashus Clay

    Why not celebrate Big Everyday by bumping his music and reckonizing the affect hes had on our culture. R.I.P Big am a pour some of my fine drank 2night

  • Whoa

    why u stole that WHITE boy name? john brown WE KNO THAT AINT DA REAL BROWN U FAGOT

  • John Brown

    Yo I never said I was the “real” John Brown although my name is John and I am brown (hispanic). Is like me telling you, you aint WHOA. What the fuck does it do to you. Last I check you dont pay my bills, put clothes on my back, put food on my table and a roof over my head. Shit niggas need to worry bout they own self and stop worrying bout the other person.

  • John Brown

    BTW, Billy I do think that BIGGIE and JAY would had clash mainly because the #1 spot is only for one person. One Mic, One Spot, One MC. Even if they were friends Im pretty sure it would had gotten to that level. Just listen to Brooklyn Finest and you can tell Big rapping like “I aint ready to give you my spot”. Thats just my opinion.

  • http://www.myspace.com/theanticorp SONNY CHEEBA

    B.I.G.’s the Greatest!

  • http://www.myspace.com/troopshit Spitta

    R.I.P. SOULJA SLIM A NEW ORLEANS GANGSTA

  • Cuban Link

    no i go the opposite on this one Billy.

    I have a history teacher who always says “You Cant go anywhere until you know where youve been”

  • Tag

    R.I.P. B.I.G.

    But his dead made him popular ( no disrespect ). Just like most painters. And I always get confuse with Monet and Manet. Now which one married his mistress?

  • DevoG

    Best post you have written so far.

  • Cuban Link

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  • Pancho

    hmm…

    It’s simple for me…celebrate Biggie’s life…

    F*ck death…If I wanted to celebrate death, I might as well become a terrorist or something…

    R.I.P, B.I.G

    1 of the greatest

  • mannyworld33

    JUST CELEBRATE THE MAN AND HIS LEGACY!

    R.I.P B.I.G