Conspiracy theories have existed since the dawn of man, probably. But they never had a proper home until the arrival of the internet, which is also the home of the easily accessible information that disproves them all. Even so, people continue to believe in every conspiracy theory out there, even though the truth is just a quick Google away.
Case in point: the somehow enduring but easily refuted belief that the Notorious B.I.G. predicted 9/11. It all begins with Biggie’s 1994 mega-hit song “Juicy” from his debut album Ready to Die. In it, he raps the line “Time to get paid/blow up like the World Trade,” an obvious reference to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, the 25th anniversary of which was yesterday. Biggie’s original line was just a reference to very recent events, but one that many people nevertheless still believe was a premonition of the much larger terrorist attack on the buildings that would take place eight years later.
Are we going to ignore that fact that Biggie said "Time to get paid, blow up like the World Trade." In Juicy in 1994, while 9/11 happened in 2001. He predicted 9/11, and no one even noticed!!! Biggie Smalls you genius motherfcker!! Love that dude— Balexa (@AlexaDeKoning) February 22, 2018
Remember that time Notorious B.I.G. predicted 9/11 seven years before it happened??🐸☕️ pic.twitter.com/U4X4hgzeEI— Your Boy Randall (@scrandysavage) October 23, 2017
Anyone realize that Notorious B.I.G said "blow up like the world trade" in 1994 , 7 years before 9/11— Cal Kesterman (@realcalworld) July 22, 2017
so we not goin to acknowledge that biggie said “time to get paid, blow up like the world trade” 7 years before 9/11 even happened.......— dee (@imperfectxrebel) February 18, 2018
did biggie smalls know about 9/11 🤔 pic.twitter.com/BYfObhexHv— h a l i e 🐝 (@halie_abt) February 10, 2018
All across the Twitter-scape are folks who think Biggie, who was murdered in 1997, was some sort of sage whose prophetic vision is being ignored by the culture at large. Tweets saying things like “In 1994 the Notorious B.I.G. released Juicy with the lyrics ‘time to get paid, blow up like the World Trade..’ Did Biggie predict 9/11?” and “Are we going to ignore that fact that Biggie said ‘Time to get paid, blow up like the World Trade.’ In Juicy in 1994, while 9/11 happened in 2001. He predicted 9/11, and no one even noticed!!! Biggie Smalls you genius motherfcker!! Love that dude” are fun to wade into on otherwise boring days. As we speak right now, someone is having their mind blown by this apparent revelation, and putting it online.
wait did biggie predict 9/11— Sayira (@sayiraester) January 26, 2018
I still want to know how B.I.G rapped about "blow up like the world trade" in 'notorious', and years later we have 9/11😒— HoneyDew (@BhalekeLu) June 26, 2017
can we talk about how biggie smalls predicted 9/11— zoe (@zoefaith99) January 19, 2018
So tell me again how biggie knew the world trade center would blow up when he released juicy back in 1994? Yet 9/11 didnt Happen till 2001 🤔 #unansweredconcerns— 💎CallMebeauty💎 (@PiNkorCMJ) January 18, 2018
Did Notorious B.I.G predict 9/11? in 1994? pic.twitter.com/fATiIkSdXO— Jacob Fobbester (@JFobbester) May 3, 2017
NOTORIOUS B.I.G LITERALLY PREDICTED 9/11— molly moll (@mollyyy_rose) August 24, 2017
Did Notorious B.I.G predict 9/11 back in 1994 😂👀🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/00qi7A4qYZ— JosH (@Josh_welley10) June 13, 2017
So.. if Biggie died in '97.. why does he sing "blow up like the world trade" in Juicy from 1994 ???? 9/11 was 2001.... illuminati— loz (@BlondieeLaur) January 14, 2018
Biggie references the destruction of the WTC in his '94 hit 'Juicy', but 9/11 didn't happen until September the 11th. So how did he know?— Graham Pussyhole ⭐️ (@VerefiedHusband) September 12, 2017
Biggie Smalls knew about the September 11th terrorist attacks and tried to warn everyone, but no one listened https://t.co/Ce9JBwMpON— Andrew Bolte (@albolte) June 8, 2016
Biggie 'blow up like the world trade'- August 8th 1994. World trade centre blows up September 11th 2001. Coincidence.. Or is it?— Morgsss (@SolarSymes) February 22, 2013
This is not a new phenomena, whatsoever. Last year, Billboard published an excellent look at how the conspiracy has proliferated, especially as some radio stations censor the offending line. And yet almost every week, there is someone who comes to this realization anew, and finds it profound enough to share with the world without doing a lick of research. It says something precious and beautiful about the human experiment — how everything old is new again, even if it’s an easily debunked theory about the ability of a dead Brooklyn rapper to predict the defining terrorist event of the modern era. We all have profound observations that we think the rest of the world is too stupid to recognize, but all it takes is typing “Biggie 9/11” into the Twitter search bar to make you realize how silly we all can look from time to time. May all of these people eventually find what they’re looking for.