The Notorious B.I.G. was a one of a kind artist that had appeal greater than a majority of the emcees still in the game today. With the recent release of the Hollywood depiction of his life’s story and tragic ending, I was struck with an amazing sense of nostalgia.
The time period of Biggie Smalls, his friend and fellow emcee 2pac, and the ascension/fall of Bad Boy and Death Row Records brought about sooooo much more timeless hip hop and R&B. Between 1994 and 1997, there was a flurry of great new and young artists doing some great things.
I mean, look at the laundry list:
- 2 of the highest selling hip hop albums of all-time (both of which were DOUBLE albums) from Biggie and 2pac (Life After Death and All Eyez On Me)
- Wu-Tang’s monumental double CD and the release of virtually EVERY member’s debut solo album
- Mary J. Blige (in her prime and dropping her most amazing album to date) – My Life
- Groups like 112, Boyz II Men, Jodeci, and Dru Hill were lighting up the soul charts.
- TLC’s CrazySexyCool
- A Tribe Called Quest was still together.
- Outkast’s debut album and their amazing ATLiens follow-up album
- Prince changing his name to a symbol and then releasing a Triple CD
- Aaliyah’s debut album and first collaborations with Timbaland
- D’Angelo’s amazing debut album Brown Sugar
- R. Kelly’s Down Low epic saga that begins his love for soap opera epic songs
- The flash in the pan dominance of The Fugees with their epic album The Score
- The debut’s of Jay-Z, Erykah Badu, Usher, Eric Benet, Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, and Maxwell just to name a few.