Over 28 years in the past, The Notorious B.I.G. launched his traditional debut album, Ready to Die, on Unhealthy Boy Leisure. Not solely was the music impactful however the image of a chubby child on the entrance cowl would turn out to be one of the crucial recognizable photographs in hip-hop historical past.
So who’s the diaper-donning child with the puffy afro gracing the album paintings? Whereas many individuals believed it to be a toddler photograph of Biggie himself, like has turn out to be customized for a lot of album covers since then, that’s not the case. In 2011, the New York Daily News discovered the kid who, at the moment, was 18 years previous. His title is Keithroy Yearwood and his mom, Delcenia Burns, used a number of stacks of child photos to substantiate to the newspaper that it was certainly her youngster on the quilt of Biggie’s traditional Bad Boy debut.
Apparently, younger Keithroy was employed to shoot for the quilt by a modeling company with the permission of his mom. “I simply need folks to know that is me,” Yearwood mentioned on the time of the interview. “The reality is lastly popping out.”
Whereas Yearwood did not make a fortune off the shoot—he was paid $150 for 2 hours of labor—the quilt will stick with him for a lifetime and be remembered in hip-hop without end.
“It is an honor to be on this album,” Yearwood advised NYDN.
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