After 17 years of mystery, the baby from the cover of the Notorious B.I.G.'s 1994 debut 'Ready to Die' has been found. Eighteen-year-old Keithroy Yearwood, who currently resides in the Bronx, realized that he was the afro-sporting tyke when he was about eight years old, though has only come forward now after the hip-hop community tried to get the story behind the iconic photo.
"It's an honor to be on this album. I was chosen out of all of these kids. I guess it was the afro," he explained. "This album here is one of the best rap albums to ever come out."
Yearwood, who only made $150 for the two-hour shoot as a kid, remembered when he saw his picture looming over New York City's busiest section. "The first time I saw my picture somewhere was Times Square, in the big area where the big pictures go," he recalled. "To this day, I don't know why they picked me. I still think it's the afro."
Back in September 2010, hip-hop blog RapRadar.com asked Sean 'Diddy' Combs if he knew the identity of the child. "That's a baby we just found, you know what I'm saying?" he said. "We did casting for somebody who looked like Big. That's how he was found."