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Puff Daddy: Born To Be Bad

Interview by Frank Broughton, i-D, May 1995

A multi-platinum music mogul at just twenty four, Sean "Puffy" Combs is the face of future hip hop. meet a Bad Boy made good. ...

Hip Hop: The Empire State Strikes Back

Report by Angus Batey, Vox, August 1995

Snoop and Dr Dre's tales of the 'hoods of South Central may have redirected the media's fickle attention to the West Coast, but New York ...

Biggie, Tupac et al: Hollywood or Bust-up

Report and Interview by William Shaw, The Observer, 7 July 1996

New York can lay claim to having invented rap, but LA has violently rewritten the rules. William Shaw charts an increasingly bitter rivalry ...

Clive Davis: Big Poppa

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, September 1996


Tupac Shakur: War Of The Words

Report by Angus Batey, New Musical Express, 28 September 1996

TUPAC SHAKUR's death has once again highlighted the feud between the East Coast and West Coast rap communities. ANGUS BATEY takes a look at hip-hop's ...

Notorious B.I.G.: B.I.G. Trouble

Report by Sonia Poulton, Muzik, October 1996

When the US hip hop elite hits the road, you expect sparks, right? When you put together names from the East and West Coast on ...

The Notorious B.I.G. (1972-97)

Obituary by Angus Batey, New Musical Express, 15 March 1997

NOTORIOUS BIG, born Christopher Wallace, had risen from poverty to become one of the most influential figures in the hip-hop world in an incredibly short ...

Black Metropolis: Notorious R.I.P.

Obituary by Michael A. Gonzales, New York Press, 19 March 1997

THE CONCEPT of tragic irony is becoming all too popular in the hip hop nation; it has started to affect me on a personal level. ...

The Notorious B.I.G.: Life After Death (Bad Boy/Arista 78612-73011; two discs £15.99)

Review by David Sinclair, The Times, 28 March 1997


Notorious B.I.G.: Life After Death... Till Death Do Us Part (Bad Boy/Arista) (five mics)

Review by Michael A. Gonzales, The Source, April 1997

HOLDING BACK the tears, you can't help but think back to three years ago when the poetic masterblaster known as the Notorious B.I.G. dropped his ...

The Notorious B.I.G.: Life After Death (Arista)

Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, 12 April 1997

THE UNFORTUNATE and tragic death of Christopher Wallace in the early hours of March 9, 1997 will leave a bitter aftertaste in the mouths of ...

Murder Ballads: The Notorious B.I.G.: Life After Death (Bad Boy)

Review by Anthony DeCurtis, Rolling Stone, 1 May 1997

IN A FRIGHTENING WAY, the current hip-hop scene recalls the end of Goodfellas: The major players are turning up dead, heading off to prison or ...

Puff Daddy & Family: No Way Out (Puff Daddy/Arista 78612 73012, £11.99)

Review by David Sinclair, The Times, 25 July 1997

Elegy for a rapper ...

Faith Evans: Faith healed

Interview by Paul Sexton, The Times, 31 October 1998

The most famous widow in R&B? Not anymore. Faith Evans, singer, mother and survivor, has come to terms with Notorious B.I.G.'s death, is making her ...

Suge Knight Linked to Notorious B.I.G. Murder

Report by Fred Schruers, Rolling Stone, 27 May 1999

LOS ANGELES homicide detectives have reportedly identified jailed Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight as a prime suspect in the murder of rap star Notorious ...

The Notorious BIG: Born Again (Puff Daddy Records/Arista) **; 2Pac+Outlawz: Still I Rise (Interscope) ****

Review by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 17 December 1999

Stiff competition: Caroline Sullivan checks out the latest from two late rappers ...

Word According to B.I.G.: Notorious B.I.G.: Born Again

Review by Miles Marshall Lewis, L.A. Weekly, 12 January 2000

AND SO WAS WRITTEN the MC genealogy of the late Notorious B.I.G.: Grandmaster Caz was the father of Grandmaster Melle Mel, Grandmaster Melle Mel the ...

New Allegations Link Suge Knight to Murder of the Notorious B.I.G.

Report by Fred Schruers, Rolling Stone, 20 January 2000

DEATH ROW RECORDS HEAD Marion "Suge" Knight, currently serving time for a parole violation at California's Mule Creek State Prison, has again been named as ...

2Pac & Outlawz: Still I Rise; Notorious B.I.G.: Born Again

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, March 2000

NO REST for the wicked – more posthumous releases from the slain linchpins of East and West Coast gangsta rap. ...

Gangsta Scrap: Nick Broomfield’s Biggie And Tupac

Film/DVD/TV Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, May 2002

Suge Knight: the new Al Capone? Exposing the truth behind the Rap Wars ...

Director's Cut: Nick Broomfield on Biggie & Tupac

Interview by Neil Kulkarni, Uncut, June 2002


Biggie & Tupac: Fear Of A Black Messiah

Report and Interview by Angus Batey, MOJO, July 2002

Nick Broomfield's new film may well have solved the murders of Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur. Angus Batey went to seek out the facts. ...

Sean Combs: Diddy-cized

Overview by Mark Anthony Neal, PopMatters, 18 May 2004

Hip-hop has always been — and always be — about fabulousness and myth. 
 — Scott Poulson-Bryant, "This is Not a Puff Piece" The hip-hop ...

Notorious (dir. George Tillman Jr.)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Bill Holdship, Detroit Metro Times, January 2009

Despite some excellent acting and drama, Notorious biopic whitewashes Biggie Small’s gangsta life and death ...

Notorious B.I.G.: Forever

Retrospective by Michael A. Gonzales, XXL, March 2012

It's been 15 years since the greatest rapper of all time, THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G., was taken from hip-hop, but his legacy continues to loom large. ...

Blunted On Reality: A Journalist Recalls Smoking With Snoop Dogg, Biggie, Cypress Hill & More

Memoir by Michael A. Gonzales, Complex, 20 April 2012

"Most marijuana smokers are Negroes, Hispanics, jazz musicians, and entertainers, Their satanic music is driven by marijuana."— Harry J. Anslinger, America's First Drug Czar ...

"I didn't want it to be an autopsy": the podcast exploring Biggie and Tupac's murders

Report and Interview by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 7 December 2019

A new series of Slow Burn re-examines the deaths of two of music's biggest stars. "We still haven't had closure," says its host. ...


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