Guest Star: "Every Time I'm Working On An Album, I Feel Like The Notorious B.I.G. Is With Me"

Friday, Mar 9, 2012 2:00PM

Written by SOHH for Slim

[In honor of the late Notorious B.I.G.'s 15 year anniversary since his passing, Slim, front-man for 90's R&B group 112 reflects on running alongside his former Bad Boy Records label mate.]

What really stands out to me is thinking of the time when 112 actually moved out to New York and before we had a record deal, Notorious B.I.G. and Faith Evans embraced us when we came there.

One of the biggest blessings we had, because he was like a real big brother to us, is how we used to go on shows with him. He used to actually put us in the backseat and take us to shows. I remember one show in particular when we went to Philly and I'll never forget it.

He was really introducing himself, and this was around the time of Ready 2 Die, and he was ripping it, really getting people involved. I remember right then when he came back, turned around and said, "Pay attention. This is going to be you next."

It's crazy because I know it was him performing but it felt like we were there with him. We hadn't even started on our album or anything but just being so close to him and not only just going to shows, but it was about learning from him. There were a lot of things that were hands on.

Every time I am working on an album, I feel like the Notorious B.I.G. is with me. Every time. Especially when I'm on stage, every time. It's a must that I play these records and I do the 112 records and it's amazing. I miss him a lot.

Can you imagine what would have popped off by now if he was still alive? At the end of the day, I miss him and at the same time, I feel like he's with me and in my heart. I love him to death.

After 112 released their fifth album, Pleasure & Pain in 2005, Slim started making solo music. In 2008, he released the single "So Fly", featuring Yung Joc. His debut album, Love's Crazy, was released on November 18, 2008. He is currently the CEO of his own label, M3 Productions and recently released his new Cruisin' Da City, Pt. 1 mixtape.

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