You can't think about New York City without thinking about the Notorious B.I.G., Biggie Smalls. The two are simply synonymous. They go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly. You can't mention one without the other, they are forever defined by each other.
The waves of Biggie's impact on rap are still being felt today. Many modern artists cite Christopher Wallace as an influence on their life, their art, and their lifestyle. The infamous East coast-West coast rap war of the '90s defined a generation, and brought rap into the public consciousness.
While Biggie passed long before many people would have expected, his music and legacy as a New York City rap icon will go on for years to come.
Many people get tattoos of their heroes, and it's no wonder there are so many Biggie Smalls tattoos out there. He's widely considered one of the greatest rappers of all time, and he only released one album while he was alive. His career may have been cut short, but many authorities on music will mention him as one of the best rappers of all time.
Many artists have different takes on Smalls, with some going for realism and portraiture, while others put their own spin on the iconic rapper. One thing is certain, these tattoos won't be going away any time soon.
Credited with revitalizing the East Coast's rap scene, Biggie Smalls will forever be linked to New York City. He is the undisputed King of New York, and I don't think anyone will be taking the crown from him.