BEHIND SOME OF BIGGIE’S ICONIC PHOTOS

BEHIND SOME OF BIGGIE’S ICONIC PHOTOS
With Ernie Paniccioli
March 9 is a day the hip hop world stops and remembers the life and legacy of Christopher Wallace, known to the world as The Notorious B.I.G. For years, Ernie Paniccioli helped document the growth of hip hop as it rose from a new genre in music, to the world’s biggest [...]

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The Mask of Doom

The Mask of Doom
A nonconformist rapper’s second act.
I first heard the rapper Daniel Dumile (pronounced doom-ee-lay) when I was fourteen and hip-hop was just beginning to bloom. The music was not so much “CNN for black people,” as Chuck D would later dub it, as a lingua franca. I came up awkward in West Baltimore—a tall black boy [...]

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Disco King Mario

Disco King Mario
Forgotten Founding Father
By 1971, Disco King Mario was an eminent DJ in the Bronx.He was known for his superior sound system and his love for combining music and a good time. Mario came up during the era where you had to be tough enough to bring your equipment out, because of how prevalent gangs and violence were [...]

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