‘Biggie’, who was born in New York to Jamaican parents, first appeared on Supercat’s ‘Dolly My Baby (Remix)’ in 1993 and later rose to prominence with two albums released under Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs’ Bad Boy record label; the second being released 16 days after his fatal shooting.
Pay Attention Public Relations Manager, Raquel Allen, says, “Biggie was a jovial spirit. He was proud of his heritage and he was a highly influential Hip Hop artiste. We want to commemorate his life especially since our show will be going into the anniversary of his passing on March 9th.”
Host of the event, TSD, says, “Biggie is an example of what we mean when we say ‘First Coast’. Hip Hop started with DJ Kool Herc, a Jamaican who migrated to the United States with his knowledge of the local sound system culture. Like him, there have been other pioneers and icons who came from Jamaica or Jamaican parentage. Biggie is one such person. And we are carrying on that tradition of Jamaican involvement and influence in Hip Hop.”
As usual, some of Jamaica’s upcoming Hip Hop artistes are being showcased at the upcoming event. Appearing for the first time on the Pay Attention stage will be ReaZonZ and Tristan who has performed with his crew Sons of Liberty (SOL) on multiple occasions but never as a solo act. Makonnen of NRG (New Reggae Generation) will also be performing as well as singer, Shanique Marie alongside Equiknoxx Music.
DJ Boyd (of Alric and Boyd), Fatalic, Deadline and resident DJ, Inztinkz, will be providing the musical selections.
Gates open at 9 p.m. and showtime is 10:30 p.m. Admission is $600 and ladies are 2-for-1 until showtime.