At one time, he had a Cadillac for every day of the week and a diamond eye that shone from the shadows. He survived two gunshot wounds to the head. He was the man with “long hair and a pocket full of stones” and a voice seemingly created for hip-hop. The Last Mr. Bigg (aka Donald Maurice Pears), who passed away in his sleep late last month, was considered a legendary verbal assassin by many in Mobile’s hip-hop scene who will gather to mourn his death in a May 7 tribute.
The Last Mr. Bigg made his mark locally with his cameo (along with Project Pat) on Three 6 Mafia’s player’s anthem “Poppin’ My Collar.” He made a mark nationally with immortal tracks such as “Trial Time” and “Long Hair.” As an artist, he also did not shy from social commentary. In 2008, he appeared in the documentary “Number One with a Bullet,” which exposed the hip-hop industry’s use of violence to promote its product.
A number of local hip-hop artists will pay homage to this icon, including Rellik, Chad the Pilot, Beamin & Timmy, Triiiple B, C-City Ryderz, ZAY the Bull, C-Nile and Bates.
Tribute to The Last Mr. Bigg
Date: Thursday, May 7, with doors at 6 p.m.
Venue: Midnight Rodeo, 7790 Tanner Williams Road, 251-639-2222
Tickets: $10 (call for more info)