First impressions are a motherf*cker. Producer Easy Mo Bee, the man who would go on to produce six tracks off of Notorious B.I.G’s classic debut, Ready To Die admits that it didn’t really register the first time he heard the late Christopher Wallace. “DJ Mr Cee had played me a demo tape of this cat at his house,” Mo Bee recalls. “But I left Cee’s house and I didn’t think nothing of it.” Luckily he got a chance to make up for his oversight during a meeting at Uptown records some time later.
Coincidentally, it was his eventual working relationship with Biggie that lead to collaborating with the one artist most often mentioned in the same breath, Tupac Shakur.
With the 20th anniversary of Notorious B.I.G’s Ready To Die and Tupac’s Thuglife coming this month, we thought it was only right to speak with one man who knew both artists well to get his memories on working with two fallen giants.