by Kobie Brown
(AllHipHop Features) During his tragically shortened career it wasn’t uncommon for Biggie Smalls aka The Notorious BIG to record features with other artists. There was the “Real Love Remix” by Mary J. Blige, “Be Happy” by R.Kelly, and “This Time Around” by the King of Pop, wherein MJ harmonized as BIG extoled his decision to change up his flow; he “got rid on the Rottweiler’s and put pit bulls by the door.”
There’s another feature, however, that’s greatly different than those three and many others. It’s different because it paired the Bad Boy artist from Brooklyn with collaborators from the Bronx – Pudgee tha Phat Bastard, Minnesota, Al. G and Lord Tariq – despite the long standing beef between each borough, and rivalry that often played out in epic proportions in Manhattan’s nightclubs. It was different because it introduced the world, and in many cases reaffirmed for those on the Eastern seaboard, the communal and eventual commercial power of the talent and music being curated on analog mix tapes created by the likes of DJ Clue, Doo Wop and Kid Capri. It was different in the way it was distributed, but most of all, it was different than any other song featuring Big because it has never been commercially released. Despite this last difference, “Think Big” has become part of the canon of classic Hip Hop; a song that lives in the fabric of today’s pop culture.
Here’s a preview of “Think Big”, a mini-doc that tells its story.