B.I.G. “READY TO DIE” Cover Baby Found
One of hip hop’s BIG mysteries has been solved. A high school senior who grew up in the Bronx says he’s notorious B.I.G. look alike on the cover of “Ready to Die” – the acclaimed debut album by slain rapper, Notorious B.I.G.
“Every time people find out they ask me if I got a lot of money out of it,” Keithroy Yearwood, 18, told the Daily News.
For a baby making $150 is a lot though…which is exactly what he made for the two-hour modeling agency shoot, where he was shot in diapers, sporting a neatly picked-out Afro.
“I just want people to know that’s me,” Yearwood said. “The truth is finally coming out.” Many speculated it was an early photo of B.I.G. (his real name was Christopher Wallace) or one of his kids. Others thought it might be one of Diddy’s kids. WRONG wrong and wrong.
RapRadar was the first to speculate about the Biggie Baby, RR asked Diddy last year about the identity of the cover kid he said, “That was a baby we just found ….We did a little casting for somebody that looked like Big.”
Diddy’s record company couldn’t confirm that Yearwood is the cover star saying, “files from then would be hard to find.” They did confirm the baby came from an agency. Yearwood’s mom Delcenia Burns, 43, took out stacks of baby pictures of her son at their Sussex County, N.J., home to show he’s one and the same – and dug up papers from the child modeling agency Chicky’s Kids to support her son’s claim. The agency, now closed, sent her and her then-infant camera ham to the casting, she told The News.
“When I first found out about it, it wasn’t a big deal to me,” said Yearwood, who hopes to be a basketball star and study sports management in college. “Now, of course, it’s a big deal to me.” Yearwood, whose favorite B.I.G. songs are “Juicy” and “Big Poppa,” insists he doesn’t discuss the album much because most people don’t believe him. But, he admits: “It’s an honor to be on this album.”