Wow. Totally completely wow. Watch this vintage TV clip from the mid-90’s of the late great Notorious B.I.G. performing “Big Poppa” with a live band, back-up singers, Puff Daddy and Lil’ Cease…on MTV’s The Jon Stewart Show. Can you imagine? 1994-1995: Jon Stewart actually had a hour-long talk show on MTV that competed with the big boys like Dave Letterman and Jay Leno. Obviously it failed. But the same team created The Daily Show later, and just look how great it’s become.
But getting back to BIG….this would have been one of the few and biggest TV looks that Biggie could have gotten at the time. I don’t know that they were as open minded to hip hop on the Tonight Show as they are now? And you can hear the influence of the g-funk trend in the cheesy jazzified live band and singers. I still love it though.
Props to ThaaRapBasement for the gem.

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