It will be no news to Hip-Hop/Rap fans that March 9th saw the 15 year anniversary of the untimely death of arguably the greatest rapper to have have ever done it, The Notorious B.I.G aka Christopher Wallace.
Many people have chosen to mark this event in many different ways, but one that really piqued my interest was this Born Ready To Die Mixtape by Terry Urban.
In an interesting and poignant mashup, Urban didn’t just fuse Lana Del Rey with Biggie because she’s hot right now. He says:
Hello everyone, Im gonna get right to it… In honor of Biggie’s passing 15 years ago on March 9, 1997, I wanted to do a special project. Mick Boogie and I honored the anniversary of his passing with a special project called Unbelievable, which was hosted by Sean “Diddy” Combs and exceded 500k downloads online. But to pay tribute this time, I wanted to do something different. Merge music styles. Bridge audiences together in new ways. So I proudly present to you along with the homies from Dope Couture… Lana Del Rey and Notorious Big… Born Ready To Die. The music from Lana’s Born To Die and the lyrics from Biggie’s Ready To Die… still timeless after all these years. It’s a perfect marriage… dark and mysterious… soulful and gritty. Lana told Vogue Magazine that Biggie was one of her biggest musical influences… and now… he is her musical collaborator. I present to you… Born Ready To Die.
Have a listen to the stream below and click here for the download.