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    3 Comments     Monday, March 9th, 2009

    Borrowing Biggie

    Common speaks on swagger jacking The Notorious B.I.G.

    I’m going to go on a limb and say The Notorious B.I.G. is hip-hop’s most quoted lyricist. Everyone from frequent borrowers like Beanie Sigel to one-time leasers (Nas’ bodyguard) has nabbed a line or two from Brooklyn’s portly poet. In fact, it’s hard to name a rapper who hasn’t jocked Biggie’s fresh at least once. Among my favorite swagger jacking sessions tributes is last year’s “Announcement,” by Common—not because he’d so profoundly flipped C. Wallace’s words. It’s because he takes on the Bad Boy posture for just long enough, spitting “See them rappers, they be duckin’/when Com’ be buckin’/in the kitchen fuckin’/on the sink/Got my momma a mink…,” never missing a step in his flow. But later, he snaps back into his backpacker mold, rhyming “I’ll probably go to jail for—nah, that ain’t me/I style crazy/And net like Jay-Z.” It’s like Com’s so hardcore, caught up in Pharrell’s guitar interpretation of Biggie’s b-side classic “Dreams,” then has that realization, where he finds himself back in the crochet pants and sweater. On this 12th anniversary of Biggie’s death, I thought of an exchange I had with Common when talking about his “Announcement” record last year. Here’s what the Chi-Town MC had to say.

    You went extra hard with the Biggie Smalls references on “Announcement.”
    It was a tribute to Biggie, paying homage. Pharrell already put [the song] into that family. The guitar made me think of “Dreams of Fucking an R&B Bitch,” so I went on my Biggie thing. Biggie is an incredible person when it comes to style.

    Was he a big influence in you flipping your flows?
    Biggie is a prime example of someone that rides tracks. I could remember being in the Chi and listening to the radio [when] I first heard “Unbelievable.” I was like, “Man, this is some of the most incredible music I’ve ever heard.” I wanted the DJ to just play it again. As soon as I heard, “Live from Bedford-Stuyvesant/ the livest one/ Representing BK to the fullest…” Ooooh, that’s a flow right there!

    Listen to “Announcement” here:

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    Christopher Wallace would’ve been 36 years old. List your favorite Biggie tributes in the comments. And check out DJ Drama and Cookin’ Soul’s The Notorious B.I.G. Tribute mixtape here http://www.cookinsoul.com/CSDRAMABIG.zip

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    3 Responses to “Borrowing Biggie”

    03.10.09 at 3:45 am

    rome g says:
    No fucking doubt COMM HELD THAT SHIT DOWN!!!!!,that recent BIG quote was the best I heard thus far,then put a CHICAGO swag on it,
    RIP BIGGIE SMALLS
    THE GREATEST EVER……………………………..PERIOD!
    WESTSIDE OF THE WINDY CITY,them SOUTHSIDE niggas ILLMATIC

    03.10.09 at 11:24 am

    Dom Corleone says:
    Sup JFK !! I think you’re right when you say Big’s the most swagger jacked ever, but for a damn good reason – he had so many quotables! Also, I love the Mick Boogie & Terry Urban remix of “Announcement” that blends Big’s verse right after the hook, it’s so dope :-D

    02.2.12 at 5:34 pm

    brickcity says:
    big is a great papper it will never be another 1 like he did it big had it all swagger you name it so fuck all theese plastice rappers bout they dion real shit they air bagging im wth da real shit not fuck nigga shit all da rest of theese clowns cant even put out a great album n be like play some of their shit ppl b like no play biggie grl get wild n he lives fa ever so bye haters go suck a aids dick bitches

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