In the wake of Heavy D’s untimely death, Lil’ Cease chopped it up with XXLMag’s Shaheem Reid, revealing that The Notorious B.I.G. and Hev once considered recording an album together. During the interview, Cease-A-Leo revealed that the two had an “immediate bond” after meeting through Diddy and wanted to collaborate on a full-length LP, only their schedules were too busy.
“There was an immediate bond,” he said. “Hev was instrumental in getting Puff his first job so they had that connection through Diddy. But Hev always saluted [Big] like, ‘Yo, you that next one. That next big man.’ […] Him and Big was doing the records, they was trying to do a whole project together. […] Eventually, they was trying to work on a project together.”
He said that after Biggie’s career took off, it was difficult for the two to make time for the album. But according to Cease, Big always kept the idea in the back of his mind.
“After Big took off, it was hard for them to set up the schedules,” he said. “But, Big always had the idea in his head like, ‘Yo, you know what? Me and Hev doing something together.’ The relationship was there being around the whole Uptown situation. It was a unit, everybody was a family up there; Mary [J.] Blige, Jodeci, Christopher Williams — it was that bond. Him and Big was gonna try to put something together. That’s why they were doing all those records together [and trying to get] a vibe off each other.”