Monday, 20 June 2016

REWIND: The Notorious B.I.G. - "Hypnotize"

A gangsta rap classic. It's been over 19 years since hip hop icon Biggie Smalls aka The Notorious B.I.G was shot and killed in March 1997. The 24 year old was gunned down just two short weeks before the release of his second album, the all-too-aptly titled 'Life After Death'. The album was released to a significant amount of critical praise and commercial success, and was released at a time when gangsta rap was crossing over into the mainstream. The album sold 690,000 copies its first week and has been credited as one of the best-selling rap albums of all time. It also made the largest jump to number one on the Billboard 200 chart in history, jumping from number 176 to number one in one week.

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