While science has determined what it thinks is Ice Cube’s “good day” (though Cube himself has disputed science’s findings), last Friday marked a sad day for hip-hop: the 15th anniversary of the untimely death of rapper Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace. While many were content with a simple, “Miss you, Biggie,” others found more … unique ways to honor the fallen rapper. For instance, the AARP—yes, that AARP—honored Biggie on its Twitter feed which led to an amusing hashtag that produced predictable though fun results. But nothing can top DJ/mixtape auteur Terry Urban’s tribute: a mash-up of Biggie’s Ready To Die and Lana Del Rey’s Born To Die, two musical tastes that go together like peanut butter and gasoline. It’s hard to think that anything could improve on the hip-hop classic and while this mash-up doesn’t, it’s still a fun project and, if anything, proves Biggie’s music remains as relevant and hard-hitting today as it was 15 years ago when the rapper was murdered. And it makes Born To Die listenable so, yay. Check it out below.
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