Want to telescope back to a hilarious bit of phone-in radio?
To mark the 20th anniversary of rapper The Notorious B.I.G.’s passing, London hip hop radio host Tim Westwood is posting some archive goodies on his YouTube channel. One of them is a March 1995 visit to the Capital Radio U.K. studios by B.I.G., Craig Mack and Puff Diddy. The trio banter with several female callers, planning to take one of them, “The Rude Girl,” up on her offer of being a personal tour guide the following weekend day.
But it is the portion with Patricia that really cooks. After she asks if there any more tickets left for what would turn out to be a most memorable Hammersmith Palais performance, some other male person in the household starts hollering for her to “get off the phone!” The reactions of B.I.G. and crew are priceless.
Westwood also spoke to HipHopDX about B.I.G. He recalls the way the rapper would always be hanging out in the halls of HOT 97 or The Tunnel, and how B.I.G. lit up the room:
“His charisma outshone everything. His presence was just awesome. He’d walk into the room and just dominate. And dominate not simply by being loud, but his charisma was so strong. It felt like when he was in the room, everyone was paying attention to him. In those days, they called him the illest. He was definitely the illest. His being there, the whole vibe.”
The Notorious B.I.G., a.k.a. Christopher George Latore Wallace, was killed March 9, 1997. His second and final studio album, Life After Death, was released March 25, 1997.