Tracy Morgan on Biggie Smalls Revolutionizing Rap: "He Made It a Champagne Campaign"

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No other comedian makes people laugh in the exact way that Tracy Morgan does. The former Saturday Night Live cast member has an unassuming quality about him, like a big, goofy neighbor. But his banter is woven through with complex, absurd, and heavy humor.

He's no simpleton, no matter what his character Tracy Jordan on 30 Rock might suggest. The final episode of the show -- which could give a corpse a belly chuckle -- airs this week. Tracy Jordan, may be a veiled take on the comedian himself, but unlike his role on TV, Tracy Morgan isn't a creation made of only hilarious exaggerations. He's a guy who grew up in Harlem, acted in films with Chris Rock, been in trouble for making an offensive gay joke, and made Jon Stewart giggle like a baby.

We spoke with Morgan about Biggie Smalls, growing up in the ghetto, and his feelings on the Miami Heat.

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New Times: You did an interview with Chris Rock, naming your top five rappers: Kane, Slick Rick, KRS One, Rakim, and Biggie. Does that still stand? 

Tracy Morgan: Yes. My sixth man is Tupac. 

What makes Biggie one of the greatest rappers of all time? 

First of all, he's from Brooklyn. Second of all, Biggie Smalls changed the game. He revolutionized it. He made it a champagne campaign. It went from rough neck to champagne campaign. Playa, playa. 

If you were to add a rapper to "Werewolf Bar Mitzvah," who would it be?

I probably Makaveli.

Would you ever put out your own comedy music album? 

I would love to do that. That's not the direction I'm going into now. But really, in life, I would love to do that someday

Who do you think masters the art of funny songs?

I would say my boy, Weird Al Yankovic. That's his game. That's his niche.

Have any SNL musical guests intimidated you, or you were ever embarrassed to talk to any of them?

No. I say hi to everybody. I would never be intimidated or embarrassed. Why would I? That's not my thing. Do I come off as the kind of person who would be intimidated to you? 

Not at all. You own one of Michael Jackson's gloves. How'd you pick that up and why'd you buy it? 

I bought it on an auction online. And I bought it 'cause I'm his biggest fan. Michael Jackson is the king. 

You have the finale of 30 Rock coming up. Any guests on there that were your favorite? 

I don't even want to really discuss that. I can always talk about standup. I don't know who's going to be on there. I couldn't tell you. I don't want to release that anyway. 

How are long are you going to the on the road for? Is there anything you want to do down here in South Florida? 

I just really want to be funny. I want to come in and spread my love. I want to do a great standup show for the city. You know? That's what I really want to do. 

Do you do a lot of off the cuff stuff onstage? 

Things happen in the moment, and you want to be prepared for that. I have an idea of what I want to talk about, I'm not a check-check comedian. I'm organized as far as material. I have an idea of some of the stuff that I want to talk about. And whatever happens after that, happens. Some of that stuff is what happens spontaneously. 

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Seminole Casino Coconut Creek

5550 NW 40th St., Coconut Creek, FL

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