BIGGIE WEEK: “If Biggie Had Lived…”


Jay-Z wouldn’t be nearly as big a star, because Biggie was the undisputed King of New York.
Lots of Jay’s odes to B.I.G. would not have been spit had Chris Wallace lived.

Biggie would have left jumpstarted his own empire that would have included Lil’ Kim and Junior M.A.F.I.A., and scooped other emerging artists.
Lil’ Kim’s career would have been far more sustained and successful.
Nicki Minaj’s path would be irrevocably changed with a Lil’ Kim backed by Biggie.
Rick Ross would not be able to use B.I.G.’s ad libs.

Gravy, who played Biggie in “Notorious” would not have starred in any movies.
Shyne would still be in Beliz or Brooklyn, but never a Bad Boy. And he’d have never done that 10-year bid for riding for Diddy in the club.

He would have scooped Jennifer Lopez before Diddy. Just saying.
There would be no Guerrilla Black, the rapper from Cali that sounds just like The Notorious One.
Lil Wayne would not have signed Nicki and therefore Young Money would not have a titan on the team.
The Commission would have happened. The Commission, as proposed by Biggie, was comprised of Jay-Z, Lil Cease, Charli Baltimore, Lance “Un” Rivera, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and himself aka “Frank White.”

There would have been hella beef between Lil Kim and Charli Baltimore.
He would have lost weight to be more healthy.

He would have been a great father.
He would have gotten back with Faith Evans.
Lil Cease would be a bit chubbier.
Bad Boy would be in a better place as a business and record label.

Ma$e would still be rapping and quite successful to this day.
Black Rob and G-Dep would likely be better revered as street rappers.
He would he completely gotten off his obsession with dying and death.
Brooklyn Mint would have been a successful clothing line available in places other than Burlington Coat Factory.
Coogi would have given him a stake in the company.
He probably would have gotten into some legal issues with some of the more flagrant legal offenses.
He would have cleaned up quickly, though.
There would be a course on him in colleges, as is the case with Jay-Z, Beyonce, and Tupac.

Later in life, Biggie would have gone back to school.
He’d chase his dream of being a dentist or an artist with the money he made in the rap game.
He’d probably open a fast food chain called “Big Poppa’s” as he aspired to do when he was alive.
Biggie would definitely have been an actor and was being courted as such before he was killed.
March 9th would be just another day, not an international Hip-Hop holiday.
Some killers wouldn’t have a date with destiny in a very hot place.

Clearly, this is all fictional, but what do you think would be different (or the same) had the late, great Notorious One ived?

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30 Responses to “BIGGIE WEEK: “If Biggie Had Lived…””

  1. Ryan P

    ya’ll giving biggie way too much “outside rap” credit. He prolly woulda never acted. and Puff woulda handled anything relating to buisness.

  2. H. U. S.

    Look, Biggie gone…all these ”what if’s” won’t change these wack azz artists that were signed or are signed now!

    Be thankful for what he did do when he was alive, and stop worrying about what he could have done more of; if he was still here!

  3. Dimarko

    You never know what woulda happened……Biggie coulda fell off. If Nas would’ve died in 1996, we would be having this same conversation about Nas would be on top and Jay-Z blah blah blah, but thats not the case now is it. Nobody could’ve predicted that Snoop, Nas, Mob Deep or any other 90’s superstars would be in the position they’re in in 2012.

  4. Kevin Park

    If Biggie lived longer, he wouldn’t be as famous, simple. Death is always an exponential factor when it comes to fame. I’d put my money on him and Puff Daddy eventually having a feud; hell, I don’t even think Biggie trusted Puff when he was still alive.

  5. Jarrett Turner

    man good read. My opinion i think Jay-z would be big as he is now if BIG  was present. Jay-Z iz a skilled artist.  I  think BIG wouldn’t ever been able to transcend  his image to the next level like Jay has been able to. As far as rapping Jay is just as skilled as BIG.  Jay-z first 2 albums are just as good as BIG.

    As far Niki being a titan maybe I got see where she going with this Roman shit. To me hip hop wasnt built that lady ga ga type shit but hey hip hop iz dead.

  6. Zatoichi

    Wow someone is more positive than reality. Listen to Biggies album before he died. Puffy was affecting Biggie more than Big affecting Puff. He was still alive he would have went really jiggy comercial. His 4th album would probobly him singing duets with faith.
    Jay Z wouldn’t have been as big as he would have been seen as Big little man. I think there would have ended up being Jay Big beef eventually. Bad Boy would be a better label. Big would have had Camron so who knows what would have happened with Dip Set. I don’t think Big would be rated as high as his albums weren’t getting better than ready to die

  7. Damon Mays

     I have a better one instead of reading this. Jay would have still been jay. Big would have still been big, and Pac would still be dead for talking too much sh!t. The only difference would have been our quality of hip hop would have been better with him alive.
    Kim would still be irrelevant because big would not have held her hand for the course of her career, look at jay and foxy now. He would have grown up and cut loose ends.

  8. Tony G.

    to suggest that Jay’s success is becuz of Big’s death is crazy…Jay has skills..he would have worked with the same producers, etc….if IF was a FIFTH….

  9. usdatip

    well if BIG was still livin damn.. music, hip hop, rap in a whole would b diffrent the mutha fuckas who think that all this dancin in a club and dropn a hot hook with no lyrics that would be demolished, the hoe niggas would be weeded out!!!DAMN I MISS YOU BIG REAL NIGGA MOVEMENT. I COULD POINT THEM HOES OUT BT I DNT WONT TO GIVE THOSE LAMES NO RECS ON MI COMMENT. SUCK A HARD DICK!!!!!!! RESPECT AND LOVE TO THE 1 AND ONLY B.I.G!! NO ONE COULD DO IT BETTA.

  10. David Sams

    I’m sorry but Jayz sucks. I cant stand his rapping style, it sounds like he is reading a letter and constipated at the same time. If I put enough money behind my cat and pushed it out there hard enough. It would make #1. Come to think of it I would rather listen to my cat.

  11. Ali T. Jaber

    Who ever wrote this article is a mindless buffoon.  This whole thing is nothing more than a bunch of speculation and guessing pulled from thin air with absolutely no journalistic merit behind it (I.E. Nicki Minaj not having a career if Biggie was alive…REALLY?!?!).  This looks like it was written by a sixth grader with statements like, “..I think Biggie would have gotten into some legal issues, but then he would have cleaned up his act quickly..”. Really?! Was he also gonna record his next album in the land of gumdrops and double cheeseburgers?! You should be ashamed to call yourself a writer.

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