Besides perhaps the Nevermind baby, the baby sporting a giant Afro and chilling in a diaper pictured on Notorious B.I.G.’s classic debut Ready to Die is the most iconic infant in album-cover history no questions asked. As the music world commemorated the 14th anniversary of Biggie’s death on March 9th,(..Cuz the GREATEST rapper of all time died on March 9th!) many fans began inquiring about the Ready to Die kid. Diddy simply told Rap Radar, “That was a baby we just found… We did a little casting for somebody that looked like Big,” and the Bad Boy offices had long lost any concrete form of documentation. That sounds pretty believable since Bad Boy wasn’t the multi million dollar empire it is today, and was just trying to get off the ground when Ready to Die dropped. The Daily News has uncovered the 18-year-old who claims to be the mini-B.I.G.: Bronx native Keithroy Yearwood.
That Yearwood was a paid model would come as a surprise to two people involved in the shoot: Designer Cey Adams and the cover’s photographer Butch Belair, both thought that the Ready to Die baby was the child of someone who worked at Bad Boy. Yearwood says he was paid $150 dollars for the shoot, but could have never guessed that by being on this cover, he will forever be linked to Biggie Smalls, the greatest rapper of all time, as well as having arguably the most famous baby photo ever.