Artist: The Notorious B.I.G. —
The true King of New York, Christopher Wallace had the game on smash with his debut album, Ready To Die. Released through Bad Boy Records during the hardcore gritty era of Hip-Hop, the Black Frank White captured the imagination of suburban America who were intrigued by the Bedford-Stuyvesant lyricist's stories. He became a central figure in the East Coast Hip-Hop scene and increased New York's visibility when the genre had expanded to other regions.
A standout cut from the album was "Respect," which featured Reggae-fusion singer Diana King on the hook. The track which finds Biggie running down his life story, including a whole 16 about his birth, "Respect" was a Hip-Hop/Reggae fused cut that showcase the Jamaican side of Bed-Stuy's bad boy.
Check out the cut for yourself below: