Producer: Fabian Hamilton
Album: Ready To Die
Label: Bad Boy
Inner city life was completely transformed in the early '90s. Parents could no longer control their children as feelings of hopelessness and desperation (not to mention Skygram pagers) ran rampant. Instead of solving their problems with fists, many kids were now armed and dangerous. The OGs could no longer control the BGs, and with the influx of crack, shit got real.
Big summed it up best with his unforgettable slogan: “The streets is a short stop/Either you're slanging crack rock or you've got a wicked jump shot.” More than just narrating the societal shift, Biggie gave listeners a first-hand account of urban life as he saw it—right down to his personal tragedies like his mother's real-life breast-cancer diagnosis.