Notorious B.I.G.’s 1996 Live Performance in Jamaica to Be Released

In 1996 Notorious B.I.G. performed  in  Kingston Jamaica on Jamaica’s  biggest show called Sting which is also known as the greatest one night show on earth. The show was held on December 26th on that year, one day after Christmas. Biggie performed to a sold out crowd of over 30,000 people along with Jamaica’s biggest dancehall artists at the time.  Biggie performed in a wheelchair as his broken leg was in a cast. He broke his leg in a car accident and was in the hospital for over 2 months.  In 2005, Sean “Contractor” Edwards head of the Contractor Music Group based in Ocho Rios, Jamaica acquired the master audio tape recording of  Biggie’s live performance. He licensed the recording  non exclusively to Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, head of Bad Boy Records.  Contractor was in dialogue with Harve Pierre who was Puffy’s assistant at the time. One day while Contractor was driving in his hometown in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Puff Daddy called Contractor personally and said the recording was fire and that he would be doing the deal with Contractor for the licensing of the Biggie live recording. Contractor signed the paperwork and sent the tape to Puffy. In 2005 Puffy used a snippet of Biggie’s live performance on Biggie’s posthumous album called Duets the Final Chapter. The album was released by Bad Boy Records and Atlantic Records in December of 2005.

This year the Notorious B.I.G.’s live performance in Kingston Jamaica will be released by the Contractor Music Group and distributed digitally by Amada Records out of Atlanta in the  United States. The album will be called Hip Hop Cruises to Jamaica and will be a compilation album featuring an unreleased single with Tupac, an unreleased Mobb Deep, and several other hip hop and r&b stars including PitBull, C-Murder (Master P’s Brother), Missy Elliott, Ed Sheeran, Jethro Alonestar  Sheeran (first cousin of Ed Sheeran), Sean Kingston, Safaree, Mopreme Shakur (brother of Tupac), Mahoggany Blu, Tory Lanez, Chris Brown, Akon, Lizzy Ashliegh, Katie Bates, Jahonze, Wyclef, Revelation Johnson (2nd Cousin of Tupac),  and dancehall stars Honorebel and Capleton. 

Contractor Music Group and Amada Records currently have a reggae album called Tropical House Cruises  to Jamaica which has spent 9 consecutive weeks on the Billboard Charts and 4 straight weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Reggae Album Charts.  The album Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica features top reggae acts including Mojo Morgan from Morgan Heritage, Damian and Stephen Marley, and many more.  The album Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica has been receiving extensive airplay worldwide via The DJ Grid USA and the Digital Radio Tracker.

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