After being commissioned to do a painting of Tupac, Hero knew he wanted to paint Biggie. There was a photo series that had always stood out to a Hero. Biggie was wearing a bright Coogi sweater but only one of the photos was in color. The colors were so vibrant and he believed paralleled Biggie's vibrant soul. Hero juxtaposed the bright colors with Biggies most somber pose to highlight a duality. Later he added the Basquiat crowns to Biggies sweater drawing parallels between the two artists and their careers. It was also a reference to a famous photo of Biggie in a crown being the king of New York.