Song: “Hypnotize” by the Notorious B.I.G.
Reached #1: May 3, 1997 (his first, 3 weeks)
The Notorious B.I.G. Biggie Smalls. Christopher Wallace.
You could write books about the short life and violent death of someone who should have been one of music’s biggest names – and they have…
Let’s face it, this was a man who always thought death was nearby – the two albums completed during his life were called Ready To Die and Life After Death. And you have to wonder if he knew, somehow, that after Tupac Shakur died, he was next.
The fact that his murder is officially unsolved is both a surprise and totally expected. It’s a surprise because it happened on a crowded street, with many witnesses, and plenty of forensic evidence. It’s expected because of the fact that the trail may lead back to either “Suge” Knight, the L.A.P.D., or what’s left of the Mafia. Any or all of those have many ways to silence an investigation.
Like Shakur, B.I.G. turned into a money machine for his survivors – including Sean Combs, who continued to release “new” B.I.G. material for almost a decade after Smalls’ death. Combs and Jay-Z came into the music business as part of Smalls’ circle – and certainly have done well in the aftermath.
Tomorrow, an unusual cover by a Michigan band – one of a few songs that went to #1 by multiple artists…
Other songs that reached #1 on May 3:
1975 – “He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You)” by Tony Orlando and Dawn (their third, 3 weeks)
1986 – “Addicted To Love” by Robert Palmer (his first, 1 week)
2008 – “Lollipop” by Lil Wayne feat. Static Major (Wayne’s first, 5 weeks)