The Planet, along with Chicago’s own Square-One of B-Side Radio, have joined forces to bring you the week in review in Hip-Hop and current events, along with the occasional special guest and some music to keep you moving through your day.
On this March 9th, IllSide Radio does the obligatory dedication to the late, great Christopher Wallace. It’s crazy how fast 14 years has passed since that night. We take a long look at the Notorious One and go through his music and the era it manifested. Was it all good when Biggie was around? Just how many people considered him one of the greats when he was still alive?
Fox Searchlight devoted 20 million dollars to the creation of his movie Notorious. We talk about being on the set and some of the background workings of the movie. Was the movie good enough to be taken seriously? How did Biggie’s mother feel about some of the people on the set and how close did Gravy come to reflecting the true essence of Big? Will the success of that movie lead to more movies about Hip-Hoppers? We examine the recently revealed relationship between Shaq and Biggie recently featured on ESPN and whether Shaq’s presence that fateful night would have made a difference.
Where does Biggie stand in terms of the greatest rappers ever? What were his strengths as an artist? How does his catalogue stack up to some of the greats? How was Wallace as a live performer? There aren’t many videos of his live performances. What role did Puffy play in bolstering his stage show? We hit you with a montage of some of his well-known songs as well as a couple album cuts that weren’t so famous.
In the end, we cover why Biggie was such a compelling figure in the history of this music and culture and why he meant so much to so many people.
Sit back, relax and take a ride on the IllSide. R.I.P. Biggie Smalls.
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