BIGGIE WEEK: What IF Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace Had Lived?

Editor’s Note: Where would Christopher Wallace aka The Notorious B.I.G. be if he were still alive? There are an endless number of scenarios. This is one. In this alternate reality, Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur, AllHipHop’s co-founder, examines what life Biggie would lead had he survived March 9, 1997.

He remembers the bullets whizzing through the air. He still can hear the horrific scream of the rounds piercing the Suburban that carried him and his friends D-Roc, Lil Cease, and G-Money. The smell of panic, burning rubber, death, and fear make for a pungent scent one never forgets.

Today is March 9th. The day he was supposed to die.

He thanks God every morning that he wakes up – that he was spared on that day in 1997. Today, he looks up, almost tearfully. Then, he rolls over and gazes into a colossal mirror, as he does every morning these days. Soon, he glances over his shoulder and sees Faith, his doting wife. Somehow, through all the rotten beef, fights, and other women – especially Charli Baltimore – she stayed with him.

Gingerly, he wipes the cold from his eyes, as he once rapped about in “Warning”. Only difference is, he still sees clearly now.

Checking his mobile, he sees hundreds of e-mails and text messages. Some are people reminding him incessantly that today is the anniversary of the attempt on his life. Others, the ones he reads, are from Cease, D-Roc, and even Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, the head of Bad Boy Records. Ever since Biggie decided to leave the label that got him his start, his relationship with Diddy had been on rocky ground. He knows he did the right thing to step away from the music game as a performer and segue into being a true entrepreneur. But, his relationship with his former boss has transitioned into a better place, as he has seriously considered a comeback album. He’s thinking about calling it “Ready To Live”. He likes the way it represents a cycle, but also growth.

Well, when nary one of those bullets hit him after the VIBE Magazine party in Los Angeles; he knew for certain he was never truly ready to die, classic first album be damned. Actually his life – past, present, and future flashed before his eyes in an instant. It was a miracle that the gunman fired that rare German 9mm blue-steel pistol four times, missing Biggie with each one. In fact, the assassin is still out there, something he ponders about but really doesn’t allow to dominate his thoughts. He’s stronger than ever, but more importantly, at peace.

So he continues March 9th like most other days, right after he and Faith get “CJ” off to private school. Later in the morning, he ensures that Lil Cease and Lil Kim are getting their just rotation on MTV, BET, and urban radio. The Internet already has them daily on the blogs and popular urban sites like AllHipHop.com. They haven’t been embraced the way he was, but they have seen prolonged success under his guidance. However, Biggie’s most excited about partnering with his Brooklyn cohort Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter in a joint venture of unprecedented impact. He knew the time was right after Jay parted ways with then-partners Dame Dash and Kareem “Biggs” Burk. He places a call.

“What’s up Jay?” says in his nasally voice. “How’s the album coming along? Yeah? I know it’s going to kill the game. You got the crown now, but I’m thinking about doing it again. Yeah, Puff and I are talking. If the paperwork is right, watch out.” He disconnects.

“I’m still the illest,” he whispers gently inside in his head. “Take your Throne back.”

He’s got the sprawling Jersey mansion with all of the opulence a man could ever want and the legacy to match. But, Biggie’s proud of himself for more philanthropic reasons since March 9, 1997, the day he was to die. He restarted Hip-Hop shows in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. He brought back the Queens/Brooklyn Day. He even established the Brooklyn Music Academy, where he develops and often signs young, talented artists. T’yanna, his lovely daughter, attends Penn State University with honors. CJ, his namesake, is a mini version of himself – only brighter. He often reflects on what could have been. Somehow, he’s living out the future that once flashed before his eyes, as bullets sought to steal him from the earth.

As the day closes, Faith is in his arms. The mansion is quiet, save the hum of the ventilation system.

Inevitably, he thinks about Tupac Shakur. His California counterpart’s death continues to weigh on him heavily. He can’t help but think he and his dear friend were pawns in somebody’s chess game. But he doesn’t empower conspiracy theories too much. He mostly reflects that yet another young, Black man of tremendous potential died far too early. Then there’s his potential. He’s still here. Surely, he’s far more successful financially today than he would have been under Bad Boy.

He sits contently, thinking how his albums, Ready To Die and Life After Death, set a barometer that most artists would kill to attain. But, deep within, he knows that he has one more thing to do.

Quietly, with Faith still in his clutches, he starts to string words together. Words become verses and concepts.

The time has come to take back the Throne.

  • BibatheDiva

    I love it. Very visual. Great job, Boss.

  • Dblockjj

    Very dope. I felt like I was watching it instead of reading.

  • Adam Gonzales

    That was coo

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  • rep87

    Good article


    rip bigs?????

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    • Aiden_Abetting

      How long did that take you ? Lol

  • the ultimate what-if!  RIP BIG POPPA

  • What if they both was not dead? In the article you metion 2pac as still dead. We on the West , are not feeling this article at all. What if those dudes never shot 2pac in that elevator in New York? Then the beef would of never happen. Let’s be honest here! Much respect to B.I.G. and we still got love for you on the West. Again what if they both was not dead? The rap game will not be what it is today.  I really think they both would of been doing a duet album together. They both was real cool with each other before those bad events.

  • Carlos Mejia

    Kind of lame, Jay-Z wouldn’t even be a name in the industry, and i doubt a departure from Bad Boy at all, I also would assume Lil Kim and Cease would have parted ways over money, and contracts etc… I assume Big would create a new squad of rappers and talent that he groomed. Also I doubt an empire, as diddy would make anything and everything under bad boy. Coolest thing would have been biggie having his own label ala g-unit, shady…

    • IllyPhilly

       Thaaaaaank You!

    • Ronlg1

      But Jay WAS a name in the industry when BIG was alive. I can’t say that he would have been as big, but I can’t say that he would have been nothing. Who knows, Jay and Big might have gotten together and took over rap. Who knows.

    • ILLAmusic

      Umm did we forget “the commission”? And of course he would have left bad boy, he never trusted puff

  • LetsBeRealpeople

    Biggie would have left Bad Boy, and may have hooked up with Rocafella. He would be his own label/brand because people looked to him, but would have had to find a sponsor or a go to guy to protect him from Puffy. He may have hooked on to Jay-Z and Dame Dash. In the end its whatever happens in the burroughs and the back office that controls what we see on cover. He listened to other people and never got to the point to fight/stand for himself. He didn’t trust Puffy full tilt, but Puffy had the game controlled and tamed for Biggie.He was seeing where he fit with Puffy, but not soon enough. God Bless the Dead. 

  • IllyPhilly

    This was dummmmmb! Jay-z would be a non muthaf*ckin’ factor. Lil Kim would still be where she’s at today. There is noway in hell Faith would be with him because she was already in a relationship with the guy she had her 3rd child by. SMH, this was crappy!! In fact my money would be on BIG and Beyonce!! 

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  • The Legendary Troll

    what if a lot of people were still alive? if it wasnt meant to be it wasnt meant to be. hes in a better place

    • Ain’t No Future In Yo Frontin’

      How would you know if anyone who died is in a ”better place”?

      • The Legendary Troll

        how do u know they arent?

  • Aiden_Abetting

    Wow this was lame af bahahahaaaa

  • Franky Babylon

    Wheres the mention of his Black album? You know the one he was going to drop after Bad Boy. What of the Commission? You know the rap group Big, Jay and others was forming/in.

    I wish he would have lived but this article is weak. You took something that would be a very in depth look into his life and how things in hiphop might have changed and you crammed it into a few paragraphs of BS.

  • Brindle

    This the dumbest, corniest idea ever… If Biggie was still alive, he’d murder who ever came up with this… You too scared to name the rappers that wouldn’t exist or at least not on the level that they do exist if Big was alive so instead you come up with this fantasy???…

  • Isa Ibn Maryam

    What if Pun was alive
    What if Big L was alive
    What if Ole Dirty was alive
    What if Easy E was alive
    What if Left Eye was alive
    What if MC Trouble was alive
    What if Proof was alive…