Shaheem Reid profiled the life of Biggie Smalls five years to the day of his death — March 9. Reid said of Biggie, “His secret weapon? Not his mastery of flows, not the way he conveyed his laugh-out-loud humor and not even how unabashed he was that he referred to himself as fat and ugly as easily as he would speak of his clout as an MC — it was the voice. The same husky, Jamaican-tinged one that could make the most elementary of phrases, such as ‘I Poppa freaks all the honeys, dummies, Playboy bunnies … ‘ seem Shakespearean. The same one that would make love to tracks and all his fans would be listening voyeurs.” Read more.