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  • A Look Back: The Notorious B.I.G's Unsigned Hype



    TheSource.com looks back at where it all started. Within the pages of the March 1992 issue of The Source Magazine appeared a soon to be hip-hop hip hop legend. Look back at history and salute to Biggie. Happy birthday!



    The Notorious B-I-G & The Hitman 50 Grand

    If you're an aspiring rapper and you know you have the flavor and potential to make dope records, you don't need to go into the studio and spend crazy cash to make a fly demo. You don't even need a 4-track; just two turntables and a microphone, press record on the tape deck and you're good to go. B-I-G is living proof of this fact. His DJ, Hitman 50 Grand, threw on a couple classic breaks and instrumentals and let B-I-G do what he had to do: he ripped shit. Straight outta Brooklyn, New York, the heavy-set brother B-I-G has mad skills. His rhymes are fatter than he is. All four of his jams were basically a freestyle exhibition. Obviously, to come out as an MC takes a lot more than hype rhymes, but rhyme skills are the main ingredient to true success in hip-hop, and when it comes to those, B-I-G's got plenty. —coordinated by MATEY C