In an age when nearly every hip hop or pop star that's emerged in the last decade or so is dripping with stock footage of them "doing their thing" before they found fame and fortune, it's refreshing to see something from before the times when everyone had a digital camera. Here's a spotlight into what Biggie sounded like at the age of 17th freestyling on the streets of Bed Stuy, Brooklyn. It's clear he had some serious swag well before the models and bottles and a few days after May 21, when the legend would have celebrated his 40th birthday, we present this look at what greatness looks like before it's a household name.
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