Impact: 50 Cent, Chingy & Bobby Valentino ''Speak to Biggie'' On New Tribute Song
Thursday, Mar 6, 2008 12:00AM
Just three days before the 11th anniversary of B.I.G.'s death a collection of unlikely collaborators are releasing a song paying homage to the late New York rapper.
The song, entitled "Can I Speak to Biggie," features 50 Cent, Bizzy Bone, Bobby Valentino, Chingy, Maino, R&B singer Chris Notez and New York rapper "Hav Boy" Monte. Produced by Monte, the track is the first of its kind not to be affiliated with Diddy's Bad Boy label. [Listen here.]
Monte said the inspiration for the track came from a conversation he had with Mase and Jadakiss, where the three discussed doing a song in honor of Biggie.
"The studio that I work out of is in Bed-Stuy where Biggie was raised, the block that he was on every day," Monte said. "That conversation between Mase and Jadakiss just kept running through my mind so I called a bunch of people that I thought would be great for the record, people who had meaning whether it meant past, present or future."
Monte said the response to this idea was a positive one.
"Everyone that I reached out to was happy to do it," he said. "Nobody even wanted any money for doing this."
Bizzy Bone called his participation a "no brainer."
"I didn't even have to think about it," Bizzy said. "How could I not want to pay tribute to such an amazing spirit and talent as Biggie. It is an honor to be a part of this."
Monte plans to release behind-the-scenes video footage from the recording of "Can I Speak to Biggie." He will also continue Biggie tribute songs each year but with different artists.
Monte hopes that the song will be linked to the upcoming Fox Searchlight biopic on the Notorious B.I.G., whose cast was coincidentally also released today.
"Can I Speak to Biggie" is being released nationwide to radio stations both today and tomorrow.