We know you guys remember when the late great Christopher ‘Notorious B.I.G.’ Smalls was the type of person to make other Emcees feel inferior to him at any time. This is why we at SoJones will take the time out to pay tribute to a rapper that even platinum rapper J. Cole had to pay tribute to at one of his shows. We got Shaq on his radio show talking about it as well:
Shaq was friends with The Notorious B.I.G. While guest-hosting ESPN’s Russillo & Kanell radio show, commentator Amin Elhassan shared a story of when Shaq explained that he advised Biggie against attending the VIBE party where he was shot after leaving.
Bigie Smalls is the illest emcee in history.
“Remember when the movie Notorious came out?” says Elhassan, who worked with the Phoenix Suns while O’Neal was a player there. “We got an advanced screening and watched it and, afterwards, Grant Hill was talking about how he was at the VIBE party that Biggie was at right before he got shot. So everyone was listening to Grant Hill like, ‘This is an amazing story.’ Except for Shaq, who was on the other end of the room and says, ‘That ain’t nothing.’ And then, he claims that he was at a tattoo parlor that afternoon and Biggie asked him what he was doing that night. He said, ‘Chillin’. What are you doing?’ Biggie said, ‘Going to the Vibe party.’ And then he said, ‘Don’t do that.’ And then he leaned back in his chair and folded his arms as if to say, ‘And the rest if history.’”
Biggie Smalls had so many great lyrics, you had to just sit back and wonder where the game would go 20 years later. I remember being in palo alto as a kid with the ‘ready to die’ CD playing in my room while my homie Gary would listen with me at such vivid stories. Now Go Fetti Sauce Game works with the great moka blast and hip hop is forever changed.
“Yes it’s me, the B.I.G / Competition ripper ever since 13 / Used to steal clothes was considered a thief / Until I started hustlin’ on Fulton Street / Makin’ loot, knockin’ boots on the regular / Pass the microphone; I’m the perfect competitor.”
What’s your favorite Biggie Smalls line in hip hop? Let’s hear it from your while we sit back and smoke a blunt one time for the great SoJones and hip hop forever.