On March 9th, 2012, VIBE and the hip-hop universe celebrated the life of Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace, 15 years after his tragic passing. Commemorating his legacy, VIBE has been posting stories dedicated to the MC we call Biggie Smalls. In addition to exclusive content, you’ll be able to read excerpts from the VIBE book, UNBELIEVABLE The Life, Death, and Afterlife of The Notorious B.I.G. Written by Cheo Hodari Coker, this piece of hip-hop history tells the God honest truth about Big’s life and legacy.
The book is now available online through Amazon.com, the link below will take you to the store for purchase.
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Read an excerpt from the foreword below, written by Bönz Malone
When Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace was searching for a record deal in 1992, he came up to see me at Island Records, where I was working in A&R at the time. He rolled through with my man Matt-Life and offered me a brash challenge—from one Brooklynite to another. We would play cee-lo, the classic curbside hustler’s convention dice game. And if he won? Well, I guess I would owe the brother a record deal.
Maaan, it was on! We rolled them bones from 5 P.M. till after 8. I was snap- pin’ my fingers so hard they started bleeding. All of a sudden, the Notorious one started playin’ hot. On the last roll, he threw a pound and told me I better “Go get a pen” so he could sign that contract.
Five years later—and forty-eight hours after the murder of my friend Christopher— I sat in my lonely studio apartment, thinking of how close we became, the meals we had together, and about how different both of our lives might have been if I hadn’t rolled that game-winning head crack. One toss of the dice, in effect, deliv- ered the Notorious B.I.G. straight to Bad Boy Entertainment.