When Christopher Wallace — a.k.a. Biggie Smalls, a.k.a The Notorious B.I.G. — was gunned down in March of 1997, the rap and hip-hop world lost a living legend. Publications rushed to publish everything they could about the artist, books were written, unreleased tracks released, and posters made.
Now nearly 2 decades later, a photographer who captured Biggie back in 1994 for a magazine has found some original negatives of the photoshoot, offering a rare glimpse at never before seen photos of the artist.
After delivering the prints to the magazine’s art department, I lost the negatives. This was long before digital, when pictures could be backed up. Without the negatives, none of these historic photographs would ever be printed or seen again. Until now. Twenty-one years later, miraculously, the negatives turned up in the most unexpected of places. I was ecstatic. It was like unearthing a time capsule filled with rare and valuable artifacts.
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