It’s been 23 years since the Notorious B.I.G. died and his legend is still thriving in the world at large. Outside of his iconic contributions to the Hip-hop genre, his style and charisma also became cultural exports at the time and now, a piece of iconic history sits in the hands of one person, for almost $600,000.
Decades after the height of the infamous West Coast vs. East Coast hip-hop war, stories are still being told that no one has heard before. Snoop shared a story recently during the pandemic about Biggie, hip-hop history and how Pac’s death affected them all.
“[Lil] Cease takes me upstairs, Biggie is upstairs in a walker — like what the old people walk around in,” Snoop shared. “He got the little walker sitting at the edge of the bed. And when I walk in the room, we started talking. And then he looked me in my eyes. He said something that — he’s sad that Tupac is dead, but I can look in his eyes and I could see that he hurt. He didn’t even have to say it. I could see that he hurt behind 2Pac being dead.”
Now, a private collector owns a piece of Big’s history from the days before his own death. The “King of New York” crown that Biggie wore, given to him by photographer Barron Claiborne for B.I.G.’s “King of New York” photo shoot for Rap Pages magazine back in 1997, sold by Sotheby’s International in its first Hip-hop memorabilia auction for $594,750.