For the last 20 years, acclaimed Hip Hop journalist and Marvel’s Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker has kept a collection of unreleased audio from the late, great Notorious B.I.G. The interview tapes align with much of the content from Biggie’s critically acclaimed debut album, Ready to Die, in the sense that moving and shaking throughout the music industry and drug dealing circuit have their similarities.
In both areas of expertise, sales figures are king — crowned, throned, end of story. Using his uncanny wit, Christopher Wallace broke down his thought process for the metaphor which can be heard in immense detail within the audio recordings.
“I gotta sell my product,” he said adding, “I got something that I want y’all to be interested in but you’re not going to be interested in unless you try it.”
Call Biggie a prophet because his aforementioned debut went double platinum before his untimely death in 1997 and the posthumous follow-up in Life After Death went on to be certified diamond.
Now that A&E’s anticipated Biggie documentary, Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G is now scheduled to premiere on September 4, HipHopDX is happy to premiere the above bonus footage of 2 Chainz, David Banner, Mike Will Made-It, Hurricane Dave and T-Pain giving their critical analysis on Biggie’s perception of “dope.”
Elaine Frontain Bryant, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming, A&E Network breaks down the need for the package, writing “The late Christopher Wallace and Tupac Shakur continue to impact the world two decades after their tragic, unsolved murders and there is still a public longing to connect with these figures and to celebrate their legacies, “We pride ourselves in delivering projects under the ‘Biography’ banner that unearth a side of the story that the public has never seen before. In the case of “Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G.,” the foundation of this biography is exclusive archival footage and audio recordings of Biggie himself, packaged in a way that allows him to tell his own life story as if its present day and we are truly excited to be able to bring that kind of intimacy and connection to his fans.”
Enjoy the clip above and look out for Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G on September on A&E.