Bigger Than Hip Hop
I interviewed Biggie once and wrote 2 articles about it. One for ego trip and one for Urb (and knowing Raymond Roker he prolly still owes me some loot). Guess which one was my fave? Well it’s ego trip. We even had some flicks of the BK don smiling (Rachelle Clinton, where ya at?).
I picked dude’s brain at the Arista Records conference room and the funniest part of the hour long interview was when he made me turn the recorder off briefly so he could tell me about how he likes to puff blunts while banging chicks out. (He had just married Faye so that had to be OTR.)
I remember seeing dude once or twice after that. He would give me a pound and keep it moving. I remember duke had on a Bas Blasta hat at one of the events (I remember thinking to myself Big rocks promo gear just like my broke ass. He’s cool.)
But my favorite Chris Wallace memory is being at a private listening session for Life After Death at the Bad Boy studios. The king of NY was still ailing from the car accident where Lil Cease crippled him. And he sat waving his cane in the head when “Mo Money Mo Problems” came on and nodding with his eyes closed to “Kick in the Door.” All us Source editors sat around in awe like this album is incredible. It wasn’t just the sound system.
At the end of the session, we all had the opportunity to take individual flicks with Big in all his glory. But I (the guy who refused to take his high school photo) didn’t think twice, I passed.
Guess you gotta learn to live with regrets.