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38 Reasons We’ll Always Love Big Poppa – Happy Birthday

Who’s your favorite rapper? Being from Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, eight out of 10 times I answer that question with an emphatic “the Notorious B.I.G. of course.” The other two times, I give the non-committing, “Big is my man, but I fuck with Jay and Nas, too,” answer. Or sometimes I just go for the “man, it’s so many, I really don’t have a favorite” response when I don’t feel like answering the question. But in all reality Christopher Wallace was (and still is eight out of 10 times) my favorite rapper.

We’re from the same neighborhood in BK and all though I never met the dude in person, I always felt an extra sense of pride in the fact that he was from “The Stuy.” Plus, Biggie loved Brooklyn so much, big’d it up so much in his music, that it made me and my homies feel like he was doing it for us. He was rapping to make us look good. His success was all about making Brooklyn shine. More than that, Big was just a super talented, charismatic dude that gave some of the best music

On what would have Biggie’s 38th birthday, let’s take a walk down memory lane and check out 38 reason we’ll always love Big Poppa. Spread love the Brooklyn way, for Frank White. It’s only right. —Rondell Conway


1) 2 Pac and Biggie
Before the drama two of raps biggest icons trade verses. Rare footage of duo on better terms.

2) B.I.G and Nas
The Kings of New York hold court.

3) Young Christopher
A teenage Big rips the competition.

4) “The Wickedest”

5) Big and Pac Live in ‘95


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