The first in a series of ‘Throwback Thursday” reviews, Biggie Smalls debut album is one that is more than worthy of your top five, having planted itself as arguably the best hip hop album to date.
The album is a masterpiece, staying lyrical, cohesive and entertaining throughout. Operating as both a full album listen and a track list for a whole host of singles. The release has a very clever yet simple concept. It begins with the ‘Intro’ track, which gives the listener an insight into Wallace’s birth, followed by a sequence of classic songs, discussing the rappers hustles, dangers and relationships. The project then reaches a halfway point where the song ‘Everyday Struggle’ discusses the hardships of everyday life for the then famous and wealthy rapper.