Fourteen years ago today, someone murdered Biggie Smalls. It's a sad anniversary, but it's a terrific occasion to look back on the incredible, incredible talent he was. And as we were sifting through our favorite MP3s, it hit us—the man was surrounded by electronics. Below, our favorite of Biggie's tech lyrics:
Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis
When I was dead broke, man I couldn't picture this
50 inch screen, money green leather sofa
Got two rides, a limousine with a chauffeur
The dude undeniably loved videogames. And, almost two decades ago, he loved playing them on giant TVs, just like us. Also interesting to think about the fact that many of us have larger TVs than one of the most successful rappers of all time. But some things never change! Except the Genesis part. It seemed he was, however, impartial between console makers:
You wanna sip Mo' on my living room flo'
Play Nintendo with Cease-a-Leo
Pick up my phone say, "Poppa not home"
Sex all night, mad head in the morn'
Clearly Biggie's late evening videogaming sessions yielded different results than mine, but, hey, an inspiration to us all.
Going Back to Cali
Cali got gunplay, models on the runway
Scream Biggie Biggie gimme One More Chance
I be whippin' on the freeway, the NYC way
On the celly-celly with my homeboy Lance
Though Biggie lived dangerously, driving while on the phone usually isn't ranked among high brashest exploits. Furthermore, there weren't even laws against it back then.
But the cell wasn't just for (RISKILY) yakking with Lance—it seems like it was kind of a pain in the ass, really:
Can I Get Witcha
It look about a hundred-and-two
It's a Saturday and Biggie ain't got nothin' to do
Uhh, I'm intrrupted by a phone ring
Sometimes I wish I never got the motherfuckin' thing
I know how you felt, man. It seems like, Lance aside, Biggie sort of hated digital attention. It was a bother then just like it was now. Case in point: