Notorious B.I.G covers Fader: The Icon Issue, April/May 2011 | Music News

The late great Notorious B.I.G will grace the cover of The Fader magazine’s issue #73 – the annual Icon Issue – which is to hit shelves on May 3rd. You can read the cover feature right now written by Andrew Noz over at The Fader; with a teaser of the opening paragraph below.

Despite being mythologized and simplified as fat, cockeyed, dark skinned and draped in Coogi, Notorious BIG’s best-known alter ego was a play on a Christopher Walken character. Christening himself Black Frank White, Big gave a nearly oxymoronic nod to Walken’s King of New York drug lord. Later, though, he bestowed himself with perhaps a more appropriate nickname: “Rap Alfred Hitchcock.” The boast may have been a simple comment on how Big’s rotund figure projected a silhouette similar to the filmmaker, but there’s a deeper spiritual bond between the two—the detail obsession of full-blown perfectionists. And that, too, is just one version of a composite of characters that in his passing have been made use of, dumbed down and commodified. Big is much more complex and unknowable than the ubiquitous T-shirt portrait of him as a sullen king, wearing a crown.

–Andrew Noz, The Fader