A few weeks ago the geniuses at MurkAvenue.com had some fun and answered a question that no one thought to ask; Which day was so good for Ice Cube? While Mr. O’Shea Jackson has since spoiled the fun, claiming there was so no such day, we were inspired nonetheless.
In the history of classic rap songs there have been cliff hangers, mistakes and oddities that fans have argued over at the barbershop and on message boards for years. (Like what was Tip REALLY saying on the hook to “Electric Relaxation”?).
One of my favorites to debate was “Which member of the New York Knicks did Biggie rob on ‘Story To Tell.'” from Life After Death, released on March 25th 1997. To be clear, no one is advocating armed robbery or is suggesting that the late Christopher Wallace actually committed the crime he rhymed about (though he was known to smack a rapper on request). But even one of his boys asked on the song who was the “vick” and Biggie answered dismissively, “One of them 6’5″ n*ggas.”
Using the clues in the song and that one factoid shared by The Notorious B.I.G. we have solved the “mystery” of which member of the Knicks had his 401K snatched up from under the floorboards by Big Poppa in “I Got A Story To Tell.”
The sh*t she kicked, all the sh*t’s legit
She get d*ck from a player off the New York Knicks
N*gga tricked ridiculous, the sh*t was plush
This establishes who he was violatin’. Notorious B.IG.’s Life After Death was recorded between September of 1995 and January of 1997. So that is the window of time we’re starting with.
We f*cked in his bed, quite dangerous
I’m in his ass while he playing against the Utah Jazz
Assuming this happened in NY, the New York Knicks played the Utah Jazz at The Garden on November 12, 1995. This was the only time the Jazz played the Knicks on their home court all season. So even if you want to debate the who, this is definitely the day somebody got the bedroom intruder treatment.
My 112, CD blast, I was past
She came twice I came last, roll the grass
**112’s debut CD was released in August of 1996, but was recorded between 1995 and 1996. Did Biggie have an advance? Very possible. If Big Poppa was rolling around with theme music to smash to (remember it was HIS 112 CD) chances are it was CD-R written on with a sharpie from the studio.
I’m up in this b*tch player this b*tch fucking run them old Knick ass n*ggas and shit,
I’m up in the spot though. One of them six-five n*ggas, I don’t know.
Ok, here is the one clue that can help narrow down the suspects. The Knicks roster from 1996 to 1997 listed two players at 6’6″;Allan Houston and Larry Johnson–no one at 6’5″. However, during the 1995-1996 season there was only ONE player listed at 6’5…Hubert Davis.
During the aforementioned game in November of ’95 Hubert Davis only played for 9 minutes, scoring 4 points on one bucket and two free throws. Davis was a 3-pt specialist that averaged 10pts per game that season. This subpar performance makes “The Maestro” the most likely Knickerbocker to leave the locker room early after the game and head home to be consoled by his wife. Boy was he wrong.
If you have a more plausible answer hit me on twitter @JLBarrow. R.I.P. Biggie…