Lyrics: Hip-Hop Keeps Biggie's Memory Alive Through Recycled Lyrics

Monday, Sep 1, 2008 5:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Notorious
Slightly over a decade since the late Christoper "Biggie Smalls" Wallace passed and hip-hop has continued to keep his memory alive through the popular usage of his lyrics.

Despite releasing just two albums prior to his untimely death, Biggie's words and lyricism are still heard today through mixtapes and commercially released albums. In addition to combining both unreleased and re-mixed verses on 2000's Born Again, Bad Boy CEO and long-time friend Diddy offered fans 2005's The Biggie Duets featuring a fusion of hip-hop's hottest emcees.

While two post-Biggie projects placed the crowned "King of New York" among the likes of rappers Lil' Wayne, Busta Rhymes, The Game, Jim Jones, Nelly and others, some artists have seen massive commercial success from the re-usage of his top verses.

Unquestionably one of today's most respected rappers, Jay-Z has been known for his constant usage of Biggie verses including "Girls, Girls, Girls (Remix)" where he raps "Isn't this great, my flight leaves at eight, her flight arrives at nine, my game just rewinds," clearly paying homage to the original "One More Chance (Remix)."

With Jay's frequent use of Biggie lyrics, another hip-hop star was able to jumpstart his career through the late rapper's words.

Through the sampled verses from Born Again's "N*ggas," 50 Cent created the street pounding "The Realest N*ggas" in 2002 which ultimately impacted New York City airwaves and was later added to the blockbuster hit Bad Boys 2, which was executively produced by Diddy.

Other major artists known for using Biggie lyrics through collaborations and records include Alicia Keys, Fat Joe, Ja Rule and Usher.


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