If you were a rap fan during the late 1990s through the mid-2000s, then you probably have very fond memories of Darian “Big Tigger” Morgan. Best known for being the host of the BET series Rap City, Tigger was much more than just the host of the show. He earned a lot of respect over the years for hopping in the booth and freestyling with his guests. Although it’s been 15 years since he left the show, Big Tigger has continued to work hard in the music industry and he’s on the verge of a major opportunity. It was recently announced that Tigger and Rapsody will be hosting a new music countdown show on Revolt TV. His fans couldn’t be any more excited to see him back on their screens, and Tigger is ready to put on a good show. Keep reading to learn 10 things you didn’t know about Big Tigger.
1. He Got His Start In Radio
Most people know Big Tigger best for the work he’s done on TV, but his career actually began in radio. During the late 1990s, he got his foot in the door by working at radio stations in the Baltimore and D.C. area. However, he returned to New York City in the early 2000s and began to move towards an on-screen career.
2. He Has Jamaican Roots
Tigger was born and raised in the Bronx. His father is Black American while his mother is Jamaican. Big Tigger has always been very proud of his roots and he reps every chance he gets. There’s no doubt that his Caribbean heritage has also played a huge role in who he is as a musician.
3. He Has Some Acting Experience
Hosting TV shows isn’t the only time Big Tigger has gotten in front of a camera over the years. He has also had a handful of acting roles. His most recent acting job was in 2019 when he appeared in two episodes of the TV show Star. He has also been in quite a few music videos throughout his career.
4. He Was In A Video Game
Big Tigger has gotten lots of cool opportunities, and one of them was the chance to be in a video game. He provided vocals for the video game Fight Night 2004 and he was also available as a hidden character in the game. To date, that has been his only video game appearance. However, I think most people would agree it’d be cool to see him integrated into the NBA 2k franchise since he is the DJ for the Atlanta Hawks.
5. He’s A Private Person
Even though he has been in the entertainment industry for well over 20 years, Big Tigger has never been the type of person who likes to put all of his business out in the streets. Very little is known about his personal life and it will likely stay that way. We all know how messy things can get when people overshare, so it looks like he’s made the right choice.
6. He Wasn’t The Only Host Of Rap City
When people think of Rap City, Big Tigger is probably the first (and only) person who comes to mind. However, what a lot of people don’t realize is that he was just one of the show’s many hosts. Rap City was actually on the air for nearly 30 years (1989 to 2008) and during that time it had a total of nine hosts. Big Tigger had the role for the longest.
7. He Likes To Travel
Big Tigger may have been born and raised in The City, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t gotten the chance to explore other places. Big Tigger has been able to do lots of traveling over the years both in and out of the United States. Some of the places he’s visited are Jamaica and Mexico.
8. He Loves Giving Back To Others
With all of the success, Big Tigger has accomplished over the years, he has always made it a priority to give back to others. He is especially passionate about raising awareness for HIV/AIDS and promoting literacy. He even started a non-profit organization called The Big Tigger Foundation Inc.
9. He’s A Scuba Diver
Big Tigger is a laid-back kind of guy, but he is also a very adventurous person, and scuba diving is one of his favorite ways to let his adventurous side be free. He has seen lots of cool things and has scuba-dived in different countries. He also enjoys other exciting activities such as boating and parasailing.
10. He’s A Sneakerhead
There are lots of people who believe that no outfit is complete without the perfect pair of shoes, and Big Tigger would agree. If you ever see Big Tigger out, you can bet that he’s going to have something fresh on his feet. He loves sneakers and has been collecting them for many years. At this point, he has a pair to go with just about any outfit.