R.I.P. to the one, the only, The Notorious B.I.G.
22 years have passed since Biggie was murdered on March 9, 1997 while leaving an afterparty for the 11th Annual Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles. That night, he hit the stage to perform a medley of his hits “One More Chance (Remix)” and the Junior M.A.F.I.A. posse cut “Get Money.” At no point could he have imagined that it would be his last time ever performing on a stage, or at all for that matter, but he sure went out looking extra dapper in a black tux and top hat to match. While it certainly was a memorable style moment for the bigger than life rap star, it was far from the only instance in his career where he kept it all the way fresh.
From photoshoots to the stage, and even on a classic cover of The Source Magazine, keep scrolling to see some of his most memorable fashion statements and how you can still cop those iconic looks today:
Image: Dana Lixenberg
This one’s a given. There’s probably no other brand that B.I.G. is associated with as much as he is to COOGI. Whether for ugly sweater parties, a ’90s-themed kickback or just to stay cozy down to the socks, you can still pull this look off.
COOGI Classic Crewneck – $600 USD
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Image: Bad Boy Entertainment
This was a popular hat during the 1990s that fit Biggie’s mafioso rap persona to a tee. As the 504 is just as iconic to the Kangol brand as B.I.G. is to Hip-Hop, it’ll always be a fashion statement that you can rock “on and on and on and…” just like his flow on “Nasty Boy.”
Kangol Wool 504 – $50 USD
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Image: A Bathing Ape Book/Rizzoli (2008)
Of course the King of Brooklyn would be rocking one of the rarest BAPE pieces before the BAPE trend even made it big in America. The iconic Japanese streetwear retailer re-released this same jacket last season, so it’s clearly still a favorite amongst Ape Heads even after all these years.
A Bathing Ape GOTE-TEX 1st CAMO Snowboard Jacket – $1,000 USD
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Image: “Hypnotize” music video, Paul Hunter (1997)
BIG had such an impact on Versace that the luxury fashion house gave him the ultimate tribute by re-releasing the frames he made notoriously popular — they even named it the “Biggie Frame.”
Versace Havana Medusa Biggie Sunglasses – $295 USD
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Ok, so Biggie in no way started the Wheat Timbs movement, but it was definitely a rare occasion where he wasn’t rocking a fresh pair. We wonder how funny he would’ve thought all these “NYC Timbs” memes are.
Timberland 6-Inch Premium Boot “Wheat” – $190 USD
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Either he predicted the trend would be popular in the current menswear cycle — remember Pusha T in Prada last year? — or he was simply just always in summer mode. We’ll go with the latter, but BIG made these look fly then and even now.
PRADA Printed poplin shirt – $920 USD
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A CLASSIC SUIT
Straight off his last living appearance on the cover of The Source (Issue #91), Biggie went out on a truly classic note, and we’re proud to have this one in the vault. Nothing is more traditional than a two-piece suit, and given his larger-than-life persona and size alike, The Notorious B.I.G. rocked it just as well as he did with a mic. Forever missed; forever fly.
Vintage Plain Gray Tweed Suit – $220 USD
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