Hip-hop’s legendary artist The Notorious B.I.G – real name Christopher George Latore Wallace – has been posthumously featured on the Marvel Comics “Deadpool #1” cover. B.I.G., popularly known as ‘Biggie’ or ‘Biggie Smalls’, is pictured right next a boombox and dons a crown – a slight refrence to his status as the ‘King of Hip-Hop’ as many would agree.
The limited “variant” edition is written by Alyssa Wong while Canada-born legendary comic book artist Ken Lashley designed the cover. Biggie’s manager and the current president of RCA Records, Mark Pitts said that seeing Biggie on the Marvel Comic feels “surreal”. “This moment is just another example of the impact B.I.G has made in the world and now with this incredible collaboration with Marvel, I can’t wait to see what’s next for the MCU and B.I.G.” Pitts said.
As per many, Biggie was the greatest rapper to ever get on the mic. The NYC-rapper, who pioneered East Coast Gangsta rap, had released some of the biggest hits in 90s hip-hop including ‘Juicy’, ‘Big Poppa’, ‘Hypnotize’ and ‘Who Shot Ya?’ and was one of the early signees to Puff Daddy’s ‘Bad Boy Records’ label.
On March 9th 1997, just six months after the murder of Tupac Shakur, the rapper was shot dead amidst a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. He is remembered ever since then.
Check out some of the finest records by The Notorious B.I.G. here if you haven’t yet:
‘Big Poppa’ by The Notorious B.I.G.
‘Juicy’ by The Notorious B.I.G.
‘Hypnotize’ by The Notorious B.I.G.