Christopher Wallace better known as Biggie Smalls, also known as The Notorious B.I.G. changed the landscape of Hip Hop forever. His lyricism and flow have been written about ad nauseam, but the twenty-something-year-old black man was about as fashionably sensitive as his female counterpart, rap royalty, Lil’ Kim. In this article, we’re getting into some of Biggie’s best and most notable looks. Here is Hip Hop Uncensored’s list of 5 times Bigge Smalls stole, your fashionable soul.
5. ” I stay Coogi Down to the Socks”
In the culturally acclaimed hit ‘One More Chance‘ Biggie let us know, that from head to toe, on any given day he was a fashion show. The luxury Coogi brand was often featured and flaunted on the body of The Notorious B.I.G.
Did you know that Biggie was the first rapper ever to wear BAPE? BAPE is a Japanese streetwear brand. A unique and one-of-a-kind style, as well as a crazy logo, makes them stand out from the crowd and adds to the cool and relaxed look they provide. Biggie did not popularize BAPE, but he was the first rapper to believe in BAPE. He wore it without looking to anyone else to influence his decision. Biggie knew fashion. One item from BAPE can run you $300. BAPE heads the world over learned to love BAPE or Bathing Ape after B.I.G. wore BAPE. The brand received incredible brand and product placement in Hip Hop music videos in the golden era of hip-hop music videos. Imagine that, Biggie, the fashion pioneer.
4. The Kangol King
Biggie by no means began the trend of wearing Kangol hats, but he did perfect it. The Kangol hat has symbolized success and authenticity in the birthplaces of hip hop (Bronx, Brooklyn, etc.) since its birth. An urban style staple signifying that the death grips of inner-city poverty no longer had you, but that you still recognized and represented your origins with pride. The Kangol hat is still a status symbol today
3. Timberland Boots
If you don’t own at least one pair of these, you’re not from Biggie’s Bedford-Stuyvesant home in Brooklyn. Timberland boots affectionately referred to as “tims” are near synonymous with east coast urban outfitting. The timeless neutral wheat-colored work boot can be paired with a wide variety of clothing.
2. Literally The Most decorated Man in Hip Hop: Gucci, Prada, Rolex
Biggie was no stranger to the finer things in life. His high fashion sense was almost bizarre for a person who can ” remember when we used to eat sardines for dinner” The rapper bought his mother mink fur coats, rapped about draping women in chinchilla fur, and ran no shortage in the area of brands like Gucci, Prada, and Rolex. If there ever was a groundbreaking plus-sized male model, it was him. Before Biggie, African Americans as a group didn’t know what VVS was. Jacob ‘The Jeweler” recalled on several occasions the young rapper visiting him weekly. When you see rappers rocking “The Jesus Piece” know that Biggie had it, wore it, rapped about it first. Iced out like a deep freezer.
1. Versace, Versace, Versace!
It is clear that Christopher Wallace made luxury fashion a fixture in Hip Hop. Rappers before him were still crip-walking in their dark blue dickies, sporting bandanas and XXL undershirts. Biggie was the unofficial ambassador of Versace. Biggie loved Versace so much so he decorated his house in Versace patterns. He took it to another level with the interior design. Biggie genuinely enjoyed Versace until he became a mainstay at their fashion shows. He was into the artistic expression of fashions created by Gianni and Donatella Versace. The Medusa glasses in the ‘Hypnotize‘ music video are in even higher demand than they were when he popularized them. Biggie never needed a stylist, he was the style. He set the culture.