20-years ago the late rapper, Notorious B.I.G. was shot and killed. His death became one of the most tragic moments in hip-hop history. The shooting still remains unsolved, however it didn’t erase the New York wordsmith’s legacy or impact. Since that fateful night, Christopher Wallace has become an iconic face for hip-hop and music worldwide.
Many artist such as, Nicki Minaj, J. Cole, Childish Gambino, Logic, Nas, and, of course, Jay Z have all been inspired by the late rapper’s music.
When Childish Gambino appeared on Ariana Grande’s “Break Your Heart Right Back” off 2014’s My Everything, he took a page out of Biggie’s “Mo Money Mo Problems” verse. Spelling out his name, he mimicked Biggie’s style and melody. In fact, the “Mo Money Mo Problems” sample actually appears on the track when he tips his hat to B-I-Double-G-I-E.
Even though, Jay Z will be entered in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, he’s been getting criticized for using B.I.G.’s lyrics “Big Pimpin’,” “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It to Me),” and “Squeeze 1st.”