The good people over at NPR’s Microphone Check blog – specifically, Frannie Kelley and Ali Shaheed Muhammad – have been absolutely killing it with their podcast interviews, and for the 20th anniversary of Ready To Die, they pulled out the machine gun funk.
Joining Kelley and Muhammad were: dream hampton, esteemed journalist and close friend of Big’s; Hubert Sam, Big’s childhood friend and DJ; Donald Harrison, Jr., a jazz musician who taught Big about song structure, and Matty C, the infamous A&R who put Biggie into The Source’s “Unsigned Hype” in March, 1992.
Together, that all-star line-up discussed their first memories of Biggie’s musical forays, what the competition was like in the early ’90s, who his influences were, and a whole lot more.
You can listen to the entire discussion below, but it’s about two hours long, so we broke it down to 15 things we never knew about Big before this interview. Read up on one of the illest of all time.
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