It’s been twenty five years since the world of hip hop lost The Notorious B.I.G. in a murderous fashion in Los Angeles. It’s been said in the past that on March 9, 1997, one of the greatest rappers of all time passed away. The incident occurred in the now infamous rivalry between the east and west coasts.
He didn’t even get to reach 25 years of age as today marks the 25th anniversary of his passing. To commemorate the occasion, The Christopher Wallace Estate has announced the first official Biggie NFT (non-fungible token) collection in partnership with OneOf, a Web3 company backed by Quincy Jones and described as “the preferred NFT platform of the music industry.”
While specific details have yet to be revealed, a portion of the proceeds from the “groundbreaking” NFT collection will be donated to The Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation.
“We are excited about our partnership with OneOf and their expertise to memorialize my son Christopher with this first official NFT drop to give his fans an opportunity to participate in and honor their love of him and his music,” Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace, said in a statement.
Josh James, COO & Co-Founder of OneOf, added, “We’re honored to work with The Christopher Wallace Estate to celebrate the incredible legacy of Biggie Smalls. Using NFT technology, Biggie’s legacy and his outsized impact on music and culture will be forever cemented on blockchain, to be honored and shared with fans around the world and for generations to come.”
Biggie released just one album while he was alive, his 1994 debut Ready To Die. The project spawned several Hip Hop classics, including. “Juicy,” “Big Poppa” and the DJ Premier-produced “Unbelievable.”
Life After Death arrived just 16 days after his murder, lending the entire project an ominous vibe. Not to mention the fact it picks up where “Suicidal Thoughts” left off on the first album. Guest contributors included 112, JAY-Z, Lil’ Kim, Mase, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Too $hort, D.M.C. of Run-D.M.C., R. Kelly, The LOX and Diddy.