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Local To Global: Nine Homegrown Hip-Hop Crews

By 08.07.12

Junior M.A.F.I.A.

Members: Biggie Smalls, Lil Kim, Lil Cease, MC Klepto, Banger, Nino Brown & Chico Del Vac

Legacy: Who knows where the Bed-Stuy group would be had B.I.G. not passed away. After following up Biggie’s classic Ready To Die with their own commercially successful debut, this neighborhood crew went from street wheelers & dealers to having plaques on the wall. They were young and eager to succeed in a legitimate manner, until their momentum hit a wall in the spring of 1997, which basically derailed future plans for every member but Lil Kim – who only lasted as long as her looks could take her. Still, having one of the top five dead-or-alive for either gender is quite the accolade.

Highlights: Junior M.A.F.I.A. – “Player’s Anthem,” Junior M.A.F.I.A. – “Gettin Money (The Get Money Remix),” Lil Kim Feat. Lil Cease – “Crush On You” & The Notorious B.I.G. Feat. Lil Kim – “Another”

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