Even in death, Biggie Smalls still lives and his legacy continues to thrive.
The Brooklyn Hip Hop artist's birthday was celebrated worldwide yesterday (May 21) and he was remembered for his contributions to Hip Hop, its culture and music in general. Biggie was a rare lyricist who knew how to compile his words on wax and tell a story like it came out of a book. He was a genius when it came to storytelling. The Notorious B.I.G. was great with his wordplays, from metaphors to using similes, and even character based analogies on wax. Because of this, Christopher Wallace's musical literature are utilized in certain teachings and subject courses pertaining to creative writing, and English literature. Several of Biggie's lyrics have become notable quotes that are often used and shared by everyone.
Biggie Smalls left a great legacy which made an impact and a positive influence on all art forms from: music, literature, painting, designing clothes and creating brands, poetry, digital art/photography and more. Biggie was before his time relating to Hip Hop fashion, when he first stepped on the scene, the fashion in Hip Hop was rugged, many were styled in Carhartts; even the women in Hip Hop at the time had a rough look, rocking baggy jeans and etc. Biggie with Lil Kim introduced sex appeal for women in Hip Hop, they broke all tabous when it came to women in Hip Hop being sexy and the expression of sex from a woman.
Biggie also popularized the silk shirts, he made it cool to wear slacks and suits in Hip Hop. Even though Run DMC forged the big gold chains in Hip Hop, Biggie brought in a more subtle type of gold chains and links, with pieces encrusted in diamonds. Fast forward to 2015, the fashion in Hip Hop has evolved and a blast from the past, would make Biggie before his time. But it is because of Wallace's contributions in the fashion and lifestyle of Hip Hop and its culture, that caused it to be innovated and its evolution.
Biggie Smalls had a great soul. He was prolific, philosophical, insightful, wise and prophetic when it came to his music. Christopher Wallace (with the word "Christ" in his name) like Michael Jackson immortalized himself through his music. When you look at his album titles, like "Ready To Die," and "Life After Death," it sort of makes one wonder if Biggie knew he was going to depart and even in departure, if he knew he would live forever and be granted eternal life.
Things that make you go hmmm.
Legends don't die, they live forever. When you look up at the sky at night, you can still see Biggie Smalls shinning amongst other stars like himself.