A well-deserved tribute to the legend!
Biggie Smalls is by no means a small name in the music industry. The world-renowned rapper has a cult-like following and has inspired generations of music lovers through his work. Born in Brooklyn, his versatile rapping and subject often hit close to home and he was able to develop a gangster-like persona with his words as his weapon of choice.
Popularly known as the Notorious B.I.G., he was assassinated in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles in 1997 but his legacy lived on. His second album, Life After Death (1997), released two weeks later, reached number one on the Billboard 200 and became one of the few hip-hop albums to be certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
To be eligible for the nomination, the artist's first album has to have released at least 25 years before the nomination and 'Ready To Die' became eligible in September last year. The voting involves the considerations from over 1,000 musicians and people from the industry including members of the Hall Of Fame, and it takes into consideration, things like the artist’s musical influence, the body of work, innovation, style, and technique. And Biggie Smalls excelled in all of these aspects despite a short but highly impactful career.