Great Job, Internet!: Barney loves it when you call him “Big Poppa”

On closer examination, Barney the purple dinosaur and Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace, a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G., had a few important things in common. Both exerted enormous influence over young people in the 1990s. At the same time Biggie was dominating the airwaves with the Isley Brothers-sampling single “Big Poppa” from the Ready To Die album in 1994, the gentle, magenta-hued tyrannosaurus was ruling the world of children’s television with his enormously popular PBS series Barney & Friends. Biggie and Barney were both large and in charge during the Bill Clinton years. Now, these two titans of an earlier era are united in a video mashup from Mylo The Cat, who specializes in combining children’s programming and classic hip-hop. In this clip, Barney is Biggie, performing “Big Poppa” with his usual panache. Barney’s little yellow sidekick B.J. plays the role of Sean “Puff …

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