Happy Birthday, Biggie: 10 Times The Late Rapper Showed Us He Was The Original 'Mr. Put It On'
Before we had Fabolous, Lil Baby and Kanye West being recognized for their contributions to fashion, we had the Notorious B.I.G.
May 20, 2022 at 1:04 pm
The late Biggie Smalls is notable for many reasons, and his fashion sense is one. Undoubtedly, the revered artist left his mark on the world through his timeless music that was ahead of its time, but he was so much more. As one of the most prolific storytellers of his generation who paved the way for artists today, he was a true griot who told stories in a variety of ways.
His style, a mix of splendor, decadence, grit and uniqueness, automatically puts him in the category of some of the best-dressed MCs. Before we had Fabolous, Lil Baby and Kanye West being recognized for their contributions to fashion, we had the Notorious B.I.G. As we celebrate Biggie’s birthday on May 21, let’s celebrate some of his most iconic looks.
1. This lovely Coogi moment
It would not surprise us if Coogi’s stock had a massive increase after this photo was taken. Mr. Wallace crushed it with this colorful sweater and Versace shades.
2. A leather boilersuit
We love a good leather moment! Not only did Biggie absolutely slay this photo, but his attention to detail is impeccable. Peep the Bad Boy patch on his arm.
3. Fashionably gangsta
Keep it gangsta but make it fashionable. That’s exactly the vibe we’re getting from this lovely pinstripe suit.
4. Denim and diamonds
It’s safe to say that everyone has been invited to a denim and diamonds soiree in their life, but could Mr. Wallace be the originator of such a combo? The simplicity of the denim combined with the sheer fabulousness of his jewelry selection screams wealth, and we’re here for it.
5. All black everything
One thing about Biggie is that he could rock the heck out of a suit. This Black velvet moment is giving what it’s supposed to give. We love to see it.
6. A red leather trench coat
Listen, we have never wanted a red leather trench coat as much as we did after seeing this photo. Biggie understood the assignment.
7. An ode to Avirex
We’re always here for a good ’90s throwback! What better way to reminisce than seeing one of the most legendary artists of that era in one of the most iconic brands?
8. A black teddy coat
We can’t tell if this overcoat is a teddy coat or made of fur, but what we do know is that Biggie didn’t come to play. The fedora hat and jewelry are perfect complements to this outfit.
9. Code red
It’s a code red situation, and Biggie knew exactly what time it was! This opulent red velvet suit is likely out of our tax bracket, but we can still swoon anyway.
10. Helicopter chic
What better way to step out of a helicopter than rocking a chic cream-colored coat? Who says you can’t be fly while traveling?
Biggie’s contributions to music and fashion should always be acknowledged, regardless of his birthday. The Brooklyn native is an icon, through and through, and should be heralded as such.