1997, 30 Day Song Challenge, A Song That Reminds You Of A Certain Event, Bad Boy, Bad Boy Records, Blue Lines, California, Day 7, Funeral, Hypnotize, Key Yemaya Walker, Life After Death, Los Angeles, March 9th 1997, New York, Queens, Rene Cecil Sotolongo, The Notorious B.I.G.
In 1997 while driving from Atlanta To New York for my Family Patriarch’s funeral, around Charlotte the information came across the radio that B.I.G. had been killed. Later that evening, as my family had cleared the Holland Tunnel, New York’s Hot 97 played “Hypnotize” back to back on repeat, while they played rememberances of Biggie by different artists. My Grandfather’s passing, will always be tied to this, in my mind.
The manuscript Blue Lines is the fictional coming of age narrative of a young California woman Key Yemaya Walker, and her 2 year growing journey through school, love, and life period piece, written by Kenneth Suffern, Jr., taking place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill between the years of 1997 – 1998. Loosely based on true events, and experiences during that time, told through the eyes and voice of the main female protagonist, a freshman first attending the school.