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Biggie Smalls

Biggie Smalls

Date: Sep 26 2004


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This week, we are focusing on growth and change. What better way to start than by talking about bigness and smallness. Not literally, rather in a name. Check it out as Jen and Em talk about Biggie Smalls, a performer Jen’s cousin had asked her about.


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Jen:  So Emily, my cousin was asking me the other day if I knew who Biggie Smalls was. And, his name’s familiar. Do you know who he is?

Em:  I think he’s a rapper.

Jen:  Oh. That sounds right.

Em:  Ya know. The name sounds really familiar. And I know he died. A couple years ago? I dunno. There was some mystery surrounding his death. Like east coast-west coast. I dunno. I dunno.

Jen:  Hmm. That does sound kinda familiar to me.

Em:  Mmmhmmm.

Jen:  I wish I knew one of his songs.

Em:  I think, I think he was involved with Puff Daddy.

Jen:  Oh. OK.

Em:  I think. I dunno. I don’t really know. Like, I couldn’t sing a song right off the top of my head.

Jen:  Yeah.

Em:  But, the name sounds familiar.

Jen:  Cool.



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The rapper Biggie Smalls, born Christopher Wallace, was an inspiration to many young rappers. He rose up out of a difficult life and made the big time. Unfortunately, his life ended early. He was killed by a gunman in Los Angeles in 1997. There are a lot of theories about what happened. All I can say is that I hope it never happens again.



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