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That One Time Barney Channeled His Inner Biggie Smalls

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When you hear the name Biggie Smalls, you think iconic, legendary and simply brilliant. But for millions of die-hard fans, the late rapper was more than an amazing artist, but rather a piece of the fabric that makes the hip-hop genre great.

Notorious B.I.G.’s  music is a reference point for what rap music was and should be. So when we stumbled upon this mashup of Barney the Dinosaur performing the rapper’s classic “Big Poppa,” it felt a tad blasphemous. But then … we connected the dots.

Barney was created in the early ’90s, thus drawing a large audience of 80’s babies who, undoubtedly, listened to or at least knew who the rapper was. Needless to say, both dominated the decade.

This also means most 90’s kids knew the Barney song, “I love you, you love me, we’re a happy family, with a great big hug and a kiss from me to you, won’t you say you love me too?” — But also knew “Big Poppa” or even “One More Chance.”

Even though the viral mashup of Barney getting down to Biggie is simply Internet shenanigans, it will never get old. Meanwhile, fans are preparing for the hopeful release of a new scripted comedy loosely based on some of Biggie’s classic lyrics.

Over the summer, it was announced that TBS was developing a scripted comedy titled Think B.I.G., a series that would chronicle the misadventures of an inner-city teen desperately trying to create a better future for his daughter and infant son.

Biggie died on March 9, 1997, in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. The rapper was sitting in a GMC Suburban SUV on the corner of Wilshire Blvd & South Fairfax when a dark-colored Chevy Impala SS pulled up and shots were fired. The rapper was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

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