News: "I Think [Notorious B.I.G.] Would've Liked [Kanye West's] Determination"

Saturday, Mar 10, 2012 8:32AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Brooklyn rap veteran Lil Kim refected on the late Notorious B.I.G.'s legacy this week and considered how impressed her former hip-hop mentor would be of Grammy-winning rap star Kanye West.

Along with Yeezy, the Queen Bee also dished out some of Biggie Smalls' favorite artists.

With a bond that intimate, there are few people more qualified than Kim to speculate on whom the Brooklyn Don might have collaborated with had he not died on that fateful March night. It's a question that fans have pondered for the past 15 years. "I think Kanye -- I think he would've liked his determination because one thing I know about Kanye is when he wants something he will get on your nerves," Kim speculated. Though Frank White enlisted Mobb Deep's Havoc to produce "Last Day," he never had a proper collaboration with the Queens duo. Kim thinks he would have liked that. "I know he was a big Mobb Deep fan. He liked Wu-Tang's music, I'll tell you, he liked their music despite all the craziness," she said, alluding to the feud that existed between Big and members of the Clan. (MTV)

On Yeezy's "Through The Wire" 2003 hit, he raps about staying in the same hospital where B.I.G. passed away fifteen years ago.

"In the same hospital where Biggie Smalls died/The doctor said I had blood clots, but I ain't Jamaican, man," Ye raps, "Story on MTV and I ain't trying to Make a Band/I swear this right here, history in the making, man." ("Through The Wire")

This week, 112's Slim spoke to SOHH and reflected on his late hip-hop mentor.

"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." (SOHH Guest Star)

The rap mogul's 18 year-old daughter, T'yanna Wallace, also talked about her father this week.

"When I first started listening to it, it wasn't like that, but the older I get, I swear I fall in love with his music more and more and more and more. I'm like, talent out the butt," T'yanna said when asked if she was amazed at her father's lyrical prowess growing up. "[My favorite B.I.G. song so far?] It changes all the time. Right now, currently, still, 'Machine Gun Funk' is my favorite song. ... That is my all-time favorite." (Hot 97)

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