With three posthumous albums and numerous songs having been released under The Notorious B.I.G.'s name since his passing over 23 years ago, one might think there aren't any more Biggie leaks waiting to be discovered.
But over the weekend, an unreleased track, "Bastard Child," courtesy of legendary hip-hop producer Statik Selektah, emerged online. Biggie effortlessly flows over the smooth, sample-infused instrumental from Selekt.
"Steps out the cab with a duffle bag / All the guns I had, sippin' granddad, 'bout to make his momma sad," the Brooklyn rapper kicks off the first verse. "I can't stand him and I don't know him / And he don't even know I'm 'bout to blow him, 'bout to show him / What goes around comes around, he shoulda thought about it / Now he got to talk to God about it."
While his opening bars have never been heard before, the song's second verse stems from the original recording of "Dead Wrong" featuring Eminem, which was published in fall 1999.
Upping the intensity as he transitions from the first verse to the second, The Notorious B.I.G. breaks down the contrast between his life as a drug dealer and his life as a successful artist. Though the money he's getting is coming legally and in larger amounts, "the devils" remain the source behind the paper.
"Took it to another level / Now I'm getting crazy papes, getting paid from the devils, huh / Another amateur trying to damage the pedigree / Of the B-I-G, G-I-E, you know it's me," he raps.
Further highlighting the rarity of this cut, Biggie's son, C. J. Wallace, had never even heard it before. He commented, "WTF🤯🤯🤯" on Statik Selektah's Instagram post announcing the song.