CeeLo Green made his way to The Breakfast Club on Friday (March 9) to celebrate the life of The Notorious B.I.G., 21 years after his death. The 43-year-old divulged some classic Biggie stories from his vault of knowledge while donning the classic vibrant Coogi sweater B.I.G. made famous two decades prior.
The Goodie Mob member reminisced about first meeting the Life After Death artist, saying, “I met B.I.G. in 1994. Our history goes back as far as Dungeon Family and Big Boi. Diddy directed ‘Playa’s Ball’ for Outkast. I wrote for Puff — We just befriended each other. I remember OutKast‘s first listening party, the first time we all came to New York as a crew. … I hadn’t met Biggie before, and he was in the front of the stage, doing my verse to ‘Get Up, Get Out,’ like top to bottom. … He pulled me to the side and was like ‘I like your style, kid,'” Cee said.
The Atlanta native later recalled the devastating night the legendary Brooklyn rapper died in 1997. “We was in L.A. I remember us getting to the party late. Just how it’s depicted in the movie, it’s really accurate. B.I.G. and Puff were sitting at a table on the dance floor in the mix. I just remember [Big Gipp] saying, ‘Yo, something don’t feel right.’ His actual words were, ‘Let’s get out of here,'” he said.
The Gnarls Barkley artist added: “Ironically enough, OutKast was having their platinum party for ATLiens down the street. We were only there for 15 minutes and [Big Gipp] got me off the dance floor and was like, ‘Yo, let’s go up to the room. They just shot Biggie up the street,'” he said.
CeeLo continued: “We walked in and Busta Rhymes and everybody was literally laying on the floor crying and I was like, ‘Oh my God, this shit is true.’ It was just terrible. Me and T-Mo from Goodie Mob jump in the car with Busta and Spliff [went] to [the hospital]. I was close enough to touch the car. A lot of history, man,” he recollected.
Give CeeLo Green‘s reflective interview with The Breakfast Club a listen below: