Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the

Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the

Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G. ➻ [Reading] ➽ Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G. By Cheo Hodari Coker ➰ – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk From the same people who brought you Vibe magazine s New York Times bestseller Tupac Shakur comes the other half of the story that rocked the world Unbelievable, the larger than life biography of Chri From the same people who Life, Death, Kindle Ð brought you Vibe magazine s New York Times bestseller Tupac Shakur comes the other half of the story that rocked the world Unbelievable, the larger than life biography of Christopher Wallace, aka Biggie Smalls, aka The Notorious BIGIn this riveting account of Biggie s remarkable life, hip hop journalist Cheo Hodari Coker tells the story you ve never heard about the dramatic, tension filled world of Biggie, Tupac, Puff Daddy, and Suge Knight, tracing their friendships and feuds from the beginning to the bitter end Despite the clash of personalities and styles, Unbelievable: The MOBI :å all four were key players in a volatile and creative era of hip hop, a time when gangsta rap became popular musicBefore he rocketed to fame as Biggie, Christopher Wallace was a young black man growing up in Brooklyn with a loving single mother An honors student who dropped out of school to sell drugs, Biggie soon discovered that he had a gift for rocking the mike Coker s narrative is based on exclusive interviews with Biggie s family and friends, some of whom have never spoken publicly about Biggie beforeCompellingly written and brilliantly illustrated, with rare color The Life, Death, Kindle Ö and black and white photographs from Vibe s archives and Biggie s family, this is an in depth look at the life and afterlife of an icon whose music is as powerful and prevalent as ever A virtuoso of flow as well as a master storyteller, Biggie was arguably the greatest rapper of all time We ve heard a lot of speculation about Biggie s death Now it s time to remember his life and celebrate his work.


10 thoughts on “Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G.

  1. Dankwa Brooks Dankwa Brooks says:

    While this book veers off into digressions on the history of crack and long details of ancillary stories like the founding of Death Row Records, it is still an excellent book for specifically the reasons the author stated at the beginning No conspiracy theories just the REAL culminated from taped interviews with Biggie himself and the friends family of Biggie The early chapters do indeed veer off too much into the history of Brooklyn and such, but do contain the info about Biggie s childhood While this book veers off into digressions on the history of crack and long details of ancillary stories like the founding of Death Row Records, it is still an excellent book for specifically the reasons the author stated at the beginning No conspiracy theories just the REAL culminated from taped interviews with Biggie himself and the friends family of Biggie The early chapters do indeed veer off too much into the history of Brooklyn and such, but do contain the info about Biggie s childhood and everything before he became a rapper and thought he might have a career as a recording artist.Each chapter from Chapter Four until the end of the book is great and only stumbles in the last chapter Chapter 10 Who Shot Ya with all and I mean ALL of the people suspected of the Biggie murder The people named and their possible link to murder was extremely hard to follow Perhaps the BEST chapter was Chapter 5 What s Beef It really detailed the circumstances and environment in which, as I stated in my Status Update November 29, 1994 A Tuesday, a robbery, an event that would change hip hop foreverthe night of the Quad Studios shooting of Tupac Shakur Nov 12, 2011 03 57amI also liked how each chapter was titled as a line from or name of a Biggie song In order the chapters were Chapter 1 Dolly My Baby Chapter 2 Things Done Changed Chapter 3 It Was All a Dream Chapter 4 Gimmie the Loot I m a Bad Boy Chapter 5 What s Beef Chapter 6 Mo Money, Mo Problems Chapter 7 One More Chance The Remix Chapter 8 You re Nobody Till Somebody Kills You Chapter 9 The Long Kiss Goodnight Chapter 10 Who Shot Ya Epilogue Sky s the Limit If You Don t KnowNow You Know A DiscographyAs I stated at the beginning, a lot of interviews occurred with the people close to Biggie, but curiously, while Biggie s mom Voletta Wallace is interviewed extensively as is his inner circle there are little to no interviews with Biggie s women There are interviews with his children s moms, but none with his dalliances specifically Charli Balti and Lil Kim Of course they are mentioned and referenced quotes from other interviews, but not anything specific for this book.While an interesting life, Biggie WAS only 24 when he was murdered, TWENTY FOUR There isn t a lot of life story there to tell, but the essence of what lead to his success and eventual death are the most potent parts of the book If you are a fan of hip hop in general, the book intricately details what is was like on one side of the East Coast West Coast feud The book is so thoroughly detailed and sourced it could be used for a college course on hip hop Read my further comments at


  2. awesomatik.de awesomatik.de says:

    Wenn man ber das schlechte Vorwort und die unz hligen Typos hinwegsehen kann wurde das berhaupt lektoriert , dann wird man viel Freude mit dem Buch haben Vorausgesetzt man ist ein Hip Hop Fan Denn Unbelievable befasst sich weniger mit dem Sterben von B.I.G wie viele andere B cher, sondern viel mehr mit seinem Leben Und sein Leben war Hip Hop Neben Biggies leider kurzem Werdegang erf hrt man sehr viel ber die Rap Kultur der 90er und alle relevanten Player ber Tupac, Suge Knight und De Wenn man ber das schlechte Vorwort und die unz hligen Typos hinwegsehen kann wurde das berhaupt lektoriert , dann wird man viel Freude mit dem Buch haben Vorausgesetzt man ist ein Hip Hop Fan Denn Unbelievable befasst sich weniger mit dem Sterben von B.I.G wie viele andere B cher, sondern viel mehr mit seinem Leben Und sein Leben war Hip Hop Neben Biggies leider kurzem Werdegang erf hrt man sehr viel ber die Rap Kultur der 90er und alle relevanten Player ber Tupac, Suge Knight und Death Row ber Bad Boy, Puff Daddy und Junior M.A.F.I.A ber die Rivalit t zwischen East und Westcoast und die daraus resultierenden Morde Besonders interessant fande ich wie die Hits auf beiden Seiten entwickelt und aufgenommen wurden Wie die Vision und Arbeitsweise der Labelchefs und Producer war und nat rlich wie charismatisch und talentiert Biggie war Parallel zur Lekt re, habe ich mich auf spotify durch die komplette B.I.G Discographie gearbeitet und all die anderen relevanten Tracks aus der Zeit nachgeh rt von Eric B und Rakim bis Jay Z Ich habe mir Musikvideos, Interviews und Freestyles angeschaut Zus tzlich habe ich die acht Folgen Slow Burn Podcast von Slate gebinged Biggie and Tupac To live and die in L.A.Es war ein wilder Ritt und ein Leseerlebnis f r alle Sinne Wenn ihr Rapfans seid, dann z gert nicht das zu lesen And If you don t know, now you know


  3. Ian Offenberg Ian Offenberg says:

    The novel, Unbelievable The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G Christopher Wallace, by Cheo Hodari Coker, tells the story of a man whose life was sadly lived short, but words and influence are still felt today worldwide Christopher Wallace was born to Valetta Wallace on May 21, 1972 in urban, inner city Brooklyn, New York His single mother worked multiple jobs and obviously lived a stressful life, but no matter what, she loved Chris from the moment he was born As Christopher g The novel, Unbelievable The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G Christopher Wallace, by Cheo Hodari Coker, tells the story of a man whose life was sadly lived short, but words and influence are still felt today worldwide Christopher Wallace was born to Valetta Wallace on May 21, 1972 in urban, inner city Brooklyn, New York His single mother worked multiple jobs and obviously lived a stressful life, but no matter what, she loved Chris from the moment he was born As Christopher grew up his mother s time consuming jobs began to give himandalone time and that, is where the story truly begins Chris had always loved music, especially hip hop He would listen, rap along, and sometimes even try to freestyle to himself Little did he know, he was actually quite good But, back to the alone time As he grew older, there were many temptations living in such a diverse city, and sadly as a result, Christopher began his first ever job, on the wrong foot Chris, was on the streets not only doing, but also selling drugs consistently Chris was not just involved withcommon drugs such as marijuana, but he was involved highly in the crack cocaine industry As he was passing time between drug deals, often Chris would find himself playing the role of an entertainer for those walking passed him on the street, because a this point, the rhymes just kept spilling right out of his mouth Sadly, through all of these drugs, Chris was finally caught Not once, but twice Throughout the course of his short life, Christopher was arrested once on weapons charges in an attempt to hide his drugs and yet another time for dealing cocaine Chris waited almost an entire year behind bars until he was able to break bail Almost instantly after being let out from prison, the phenomenon known as Biggie Smalls, was born Christopher, soon to only be recognized as Biggie, had thrown together a demo of his own music purely for himself and his own enjoyment, but with no intentions of being signed to a record deal After a couple weeks, the right people were given the mixtape and they all enjoyed it The people of Uptown records reached out to Biggie directly and asked him if he was interested in trying something different He agreed and after a few months of hard work, it was produced Ready to Die Biggie s debut album was released in 1994 Instantly, this album created buzz all around the hip hop world, whether it was the fact that a east coast rapper was finally getting some attention, or that some considered his work to even be better than that of the west coast rappers, all attention was on New York This leads to the east coast, west coast rap conflict Essentially, the distinguished West Coast rappers became appalled to see these idiots on the East Coast preform their art Even though this conflict did not create many positive things for those around it, for two individuals within it, it created something truly special He really respected him as a lyricist He brought us to his house and barbecued for everybody After that they were, like, immediate friends 363 364 Ibooks for Iphone Through all the rough patches this conflict caused, it brought Christopher Wallace his brother, his best friend It brought him Tupac Shakur Tupac and Biggie were best friends through it all They rapped together, they spent lots of time together, and they ultimately transformed hip hop to what it is today, together Sadly, Tupac Shakur was killed not long after Biggie and him befriended each other On September 13th, 1996 Tupac passed away from bullet wounds he had endured six days prior in a drive by This caught Biggie by shock, he had just gained and lost a brother in less than two full years, what could he do to help himself out of this funk And so he did what he did best, he rapped Notorious was scheduled to be finishing his second album entitled Life After Death when he arrived in California to present prizes at the Soul Train Music Awards After this event was over, he went to a party in which lots of famous people including Faith Evans and Sean Combs were also present When deciding to leave around 12 30am Notorious was accompanied by multiple bodyguards into the cars which would bring him to his hotel In the most unfortunate of events, at around 12 40 am, another drive by had occurred, this time affecting another one of America s most prized rappers, Notorious B.I.G was officially pronounced dead at 1 10 am on March 9th, 1997 This occurrence was horrific for everybody in America, but especially in the hip hop community, they had lost two heads of hip hop, Biggie from the east and Tupac from the west As terrible as these two events were, the significance of the people involved in them is not forgotten Thousands of people today, even the new generation still listens to the works of Tupac Shakur and Notorious These two men were an inspiration, these two men were the greatest tag team of all time, these two men WERE hip hop Fittingly, Life After Death released 16 days after his death It immediately sky rocketed to the top of the charts Rest in peace Christopher Wallace Rest in peace to the Notorious B.I.G


  4. Eva Leger Eva Leger says:

    This is about one of the, if not THE best, rapper that ever lived And this has the potential to be a terrific book Butit fell horribly short and the reason it fell short can be blamed on Vibe and Cheo Hodari Coker Coker is not only prejudiced, from what I read and as far as I can tell, but is very biased about everything Biggie, Tupac, East West Coast, etc I can understand, and applaud, Vibe wanting to get a reporter who had a past with Big..but. if the decision was mine to make an This is about one of the, if not THE best, rapper that ever lived And this has the potential to be a terrific book Butit fell horribly short and the reason it fell short can be blamed on Vibe and Cheo Hodari Coker Coker is not only prejudiced, from what I read and as far as I can tell, but is very biased about everything Biggie, Tupac, East West Coast, etc I can understand, and applaud, Vibe wanting to get a reporter who had a past with Big..but. if the decision was mine to make and that person had an obvious agenda and was biased I d have rather gone with someone who had to start fresh There is a plethora of people, famous and non famous, who could and would talk about Big, actually knowing him didn t have to be a prerequisite Okay anyone who is a Biggie fan and has followed his career and death and music knows pretty much everything in Unbelievable You may find a few small lesser knows tidbits but nothing major at all By far, far, far, the absolute best parts in the book were Big s family and friends accounts The second best and only other aspect about the book that I loved are the pictures Fantastic pictures Coker and Vibe should both be ashamed of themselves This could have been a book that people would have looked back on forever, a way of really remembering Big in a way that I would think would please anyone Instead, they turned out something mediocre at best besides the two items I mentioned above There are numerous editing and other mistakes in the book and if you don t already know the facts of Big s life and death it can be confusing Simple spelling and punctuation mistakes can be looked over but actual mistakes where you get someone s name wrong or a date or place, or something similiar just can t be overlooked I don t know of any other books on Biggie that I could recommend over this one and if anyone else knows of any good ones I d love to hear what it is I m probably going to read Vibe s book on Tupac just to see if it s along the same lines as this It s a real shame because most of the people who would pick this, or any other book about Big up, are people who really loved him, his music, what he stood for, etc and to have it shoved together like a piece of trash really takes away from the way he should be represented It doesn t take a lot of intelligence to see the things I ve said here for yourself All you have to do is read between the lines Overall this could have easily been a five star book and I ended up giving it a two star rating how very disappointing


  5. Laura Laura says:

    If I hadn t seen the videos, the films, the interviews and the pics I wouldn t believe it 20 years later this guy s still making news I think he genuinely was a genius musically and poetically It s a shame he wasn t given time to evolve and show his depth At 24 he was still experimenting with the limelight, love, girls, and the Boyz Sure he came from a hussling background, but that s what made his lyrics so real The whole hip hop history is incredible and I think this book really connect If I hadn t seen the videos, the films, the interviews and the pics I wouldn t believe it 20 years later this guy s still making news I think he genuinely was a genius musically and poetically It s a shame he wasn t given time to evolve and show his depth At 24 he was still experimenting with the limelight, love, girls, and the Boyz Sure he came from a hussling background, but that s what made his lyrics so real The whole hip hop history is incredible and I think this book really connects the dots to the current musicians and rappers At times it feels like a soap opera or a gangster film, but it s all real And that s what makes it all theincredible


  6. Peter Peter says:

    Whats Amazing is that after Eleven freakin years they havee not found who killed him


  7. Dimitria Eliopoulos Dimitria Eliopoulos says:

    A must read for anyone interested in the history of hip hop Before I read it, I had only heard of the Notorious B.I.G Now I feel as though I know him personally.I had also heard of Suge Knight and Sean Combs, but only from newspaper reports Reading this book really filled in a lot of the details for me Suge Knight is portrayed in a positive light as really caring for his artists and seeing to it that they were treated right He became violent only when he thought that those artists were be A must read for anyone interested in the history of hip hop Before I read it, I had only heard of the Notorious B.I.G Now I feel as though I know him personally.I had also heard of Suge Knight and Sean Combs, but only from newspaper reports Reading this book really filled in a lot of the details for me Suge Knight is portrayed in a positive light as really caring for his artists and seeing to it that they were treated right He became violent only when he thought that those artists were being taken advantage of, and that they as well as he were losing part of the money they were entitled to I had always wondered what had prompted this violent streak of his I remember the newspapers would only report the latest incidents, never try to explain them The book also explains what it is, in fact, that Sean Combs does I had always wondered Is he a rapper A producer An executive And, how did he amass so much money Combs had always been a mystery to me To some extent, he still is, but the book goes a long way toward solving this riddle too.This book explores many interesting puzzles like these and shows how intricate relationships within the hip hop community had become, even by the 90 s Biggie Smalls is portrayed as a flawed yet sympathetic character At first, he s a child attending Catholic school in uniform, who feels different from all the others hanging out on the corner His mother is a teacher, he s fatherless, and while not rich, he s by no means poor His mother gets all the latest gear for him so he doesn t go out and get in trouble As he grows older, however, the lure of quick profits grows stronger, so that by the time he s 16, he s dropped out of school and become a full time crack dealer The book wants us to believe this is so he can buy evenof the latest gear, and that he s never satisfied with what he s got I m not sure that that s the whole story, but surely his life was never as bleak as what he depicted later in some of his songs One gets the feeling that somewhere along the line, something just isn t right either with the world, or with Biggie Then, once Biggie becomes a rap star, he says in the book that he never expected to, that rapping was just a hobby and that the profession he had actually chosen was that of the crack dealer So, we re expected to believe that this rap star thing just happened as a fluke, and came just as much as a surprise to him as to the rest of the world Maybe all this is so, but if it isn t, the book makes no alternative explanations, nor even attempts to All we re left with, instead, is an incomplete portrayal of the man who would later become known as the Notorious BIG All in all, despite the inadequacies in the portrayal, one is still able to admire and respect the genius and charisma of this man This is both a tribute to the man and to the author It makes us aware that even legends have character pitfalls, yet we re still able to remember and love them for who they were


  8. Ammar Ammar says:

    Rest in peace to the most talented, the most notorious, the best poet, Christopher Wallace.


  9. Juan Juan says:

    A must read if one wants to go in deep into the life of Christopher Wallace.


  10. Egidijus Lukšys Egidijus Lukšys says:

    Really good book.


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