While The Notorious B.I.G. famously died at age 24 in a drive-by shooting amid highly publicized coastal tensions, he managed to make an indelible impact on hip-hop in his short time on Earth. Today, people widely acknowledge Biggie Smalls as one of the greatest rappers, if not the greatest rapper in history. But he knew he was bound for greatness before most people even knew his name…No artist embodied the mean streets of Brooklyn in the 90’s more than Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known as The Notorious B.I.G. Born and bred in Bed-Stuy, Wallace started selling crack at the age of 12. He was quickly seduced by the money and the image the dubious endeavor afforded him, and his operation grew in size and scale until it eventually landed him a 9-month stint in prison in 1990 on drug and weapons charges.Related: ‘The Notorious J.B.’s – The B.I.G. Payback’: The James Brown/Biggie Smalls Mashup Album We’ve Been Missing [Listen]During that time, The Notorious B.I.G. was all about his business—rapping was just a way to kill time, talk shit, and gain respect. His lyrical prowess was nevertheless undeniable even at a young age, imbued with the gangster bravado and smoothly unintimidated flow of his street upbringing.The most notable relic of the Notorious B.I.G.’s teenage years—when he was beginning to earn a local reputation as a skilled battle rapper—is a grainy video of him freestyling on a Bedford-Stuyvesant corner that has circulated for years. In the clip, shot in 1989, Biggie lays down bar after bar of at-once hilarious and ferocious rhymes, shifting through cadences and sending the gathered crowd into fits of hysteria. But while the crowd goes crazy for Biggie, he stays cool, collected, and commanding—so much so that he almost seems disinterested. He can already tell he’s above anything people can hear on the sidewalk, and he knows he hasn’t even really started trying yet. Watch the clip below:The Notorious B.I.G. – Street Corner Freestyle 1989[Video: crakkerjed]The famous freestyle clip was recreated and dramatized as a pivotal plot point in the 2009 Biggie biopic, Notorious. In addition to a cameo by rapper Birdman as the reigning champion that the young B.I.G. takes on, the clip pays homage to the video, recreating everything from Big’s bars to the bodega in the background to Biggie’s blue and white patterned shirt. Watch the dramatized recreation of teenage Biggie’s notorious corner freestyle below:Corner Freestyle [Dramatized] – Notorious …and as a birthday bonus, watch a rare freestyle session with The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur here.[Originally published 5/21/17]
‘It’s their democratic right to protest’ – InfantinoA GROUP of aggrieved players and administrators peacefully protested outside the Pegasus Hotel yesterday where visiting FIFA president Gianni Infantino hosted a press conference to wrap up his one-day visit to Guyana.Faizal Khan, football enthusiast and General Manager of the Georgetown Football Club (GFC), led the peaceful protest and stated that the FIFA president is being misled with regard to the way the game of football is being administered in Guyana.The GFC, along with National champions Slingerz FC, former champions Alpha United and Pele FC had refused to participate in the second installation of the Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF) STAG Elite League, citing what they’ve called an ‘illegal’ move by the sport’s local governing body to include two clubs – Victoria Kings and Topp XX – boosting the league from eight to ten teams.After months of uncertainty, CONCACAF, in a correspondence to the GFF, ruled that STAG Beer Elite League winner Slingerz FC and runners-up Alpha United were barred from participating in the CFU Club Championship because the two clubs were not in good standing with the GFF.“President (Wayne) Forde, and what some of the guys are calling him now ‘president fraud’, refused constitutional arbitration over agreements made, which investment followed from that weren’t expected,” Khan said.“Legally, Khan said, “what we’ve tried to do is respect the process … but the Federation has no respect for the constitution, hence today’s protest, which we’re glad the FIFA president saw.”.Meanwhile, when asked by Chronicle Sport about the protest, FIFA president Infantino stated, “I think that since we are living in a democratic world and football is a democratic sport, you are free to have an opinion. That’s one of the good things about football, we are always open.”According to Infantino, “We (FIFA) are in very close contact with Wayne (Forde) and the GFF and somebody might have different views on how football is run and what I could say is that they (the GFF) are making a different view today; certainly differently from the past.”“We all make mistakes, Wayne sometimes a little less than me, but we want to do both and we have football close to our hearts,” the FIFA boss said.
== 50-year-old Chad Bonner was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted during a bench trial of two counts of second-degree sexual abuse after being accused of sexually assaulting two girls under the age of 12 between January 2005 and September 2008 in Winnebago County. His sentenced was enhanced to life in prison due to previously being convicted of sexual abuse in May 1991. The Iowa Court of Appeals in March affirmed Bonner’s conviction. He had appealed saying that District Judge Gregg Rosenbladt erred and abused his discretion in many respects, and also contended his trial counsel rendered ineffective assistance. The Court of Appeals denied his appeal, saying substantial evidence supported his conviction and they did not find the district court abused its discretion. The Iowa Supreme Court has denied further review of two north-central Iowa cases, one involving a Mason City man convicted of voluntary manslaughter, the other involving a Britt man sentenced to life in prison for sexual abuse. == 23-year-old Braedon Bowers was convicted by a Cerro Gordo County jury in 2018 of voluntary manslaughter after being charged with first-degree murder in the May 2017 stabbing death of Wraymond Todd. Bowers in March lost an appeal of his case to the Iowa Court of Appeals. He contended in that appeal that his trial counsel was ineffective for not arguing he was entitled to judgement of acquittal based on justification. The Court of Appeals ruled that because prosecutors presented sufficient evidence to disprove justification that Bowers could not show prejudice and affirmed his conviction. The Iowa Supreme Court denied both Bowers’ and Bonner’s requests for further review on Thursday.