Friday, October 29, 2010

JDIZZY's 365 # 172: Gimme The Loot

Gimme The Loot - The Notorious B.I.G. (1994)

We all knew he was the greatest MC of our generation, but going back to his best album sixteen years after its release, it becomes clear that Biggie would have been a fine actor as well. One of the most cinematic hip-hop albums ever released, Ready To Die tells a clear story of disenchantment brought on by a life of crime. Today's song, along with "Me and My Bitch", have always been my personal favorites on the platter. I've often wondered if the two robbers on "Gimme The Loot" were actually two people, or Biggie battling with voices in his head. They are both voiced by him, giving Biggie a Method Acting performance only three tracks into the record. The rest continues in this vein, until Biggie kills himself on the last track. Like John Lennon, there is no clear idea what Biggie would be doing today if he hadn't been murdered, but it would be something extraordinary, no doubt in my mind. One needs only listen to the two albums he released in his lifetime to know that.

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