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Black Music Month: V101.9 Salutes The Notorious B.I.G.

By: Gary Knight
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June is Black Music Month as we are down to our last three artists and all of them are icons. Today’s artist is credited for saving East Coast Hip-Hop. This is another V101.9 Black Music Month moment.

Christopher Wallace best known as ‘The Notorious B.I.G.’ grew up as a teenager in Brooklyn entertaining people by rapping and performing in local groups. He would end up making a demo tape that would be promoted by a New York DJ and was heard by the editor of The Source magazine. An eventual recording contract would soon follow. He would gain exposure appearing on the Mary J. Blige remix of ‘Real Love.’

His solo career would take off on the strength of the hit single ‘Juicy’ and then the debut album release ‘Ready To Die’ in September of 1994. On the success of the album, The Notorious B.I.G. would put East Coast Hip-Hop on the map.

His second album ‘Life After Death’ released fifteen days after his tragic death would become the biggest selling solo Hip-Hop album of all-time with sales of over ten million. The Notorious B.I.G. is considered by many as the greatest rapper ever.

Centric in celebration of Black Music Month brings you special programming every weekend in June, including Hip-Hop, R. Kelly and Soul Train. see concerts, specials and music video blocks in celebration of Black Music Month every weekend in June and only on Centric.

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