29 Infamous References From Biggie’s Songs That Give Us ’90s Nostalgia

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Today marks what would’ve been Biggie’s 44th birthday  However his music still resonates loudly today, 22 years since he first made his mark on the industry with his debut album Ready to Die. He’s influenced other rappers, movies, lyrics, and the music culture as a whole during and posthumously thanks to his quick witted- wordplay and catchy lyricism. Using his surroundings as his muse, Biggie often referenced clothing, liquor, editorial brands, and entertainer in his rhymes to paint a picture of his 90s lifestyle.

Biggie and his legendary status will always have us noting that he died well before his time, but his music didn’t die with him. Instead we rap his lyrics like their brand new and rep the Bad Boy lead artist like he’s selling out arenas. As we remember the late and great Notorious B.I.G. on his birthday, check out 29 infamous references from Biggie’s songs.


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Track: “Things Done Changed”
Album: Ready to Die
Reference: Cazal Shades
Line: “Remember back in the days, when niggaz had waves / Cazal shades, and corn braids”

Cazel were popular sunglasses back in the day.

Track: “Things Done Changed”
Album: Ready to Die
Reference: Skygrand Pager
Line: “And now the shit’s gettin crazier and major / Kids younger than me, they got the Sky grand Pagers”

Having a skygrand pager in the 90s was like having the latest iPhone today.

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