The Notorious B.I.G. 20th Anniversary After His Death
Rap Icon, The Notorious B.I.G, also known as Biggie Smalls, was known as one of the most influential rappers of all time.
He was tragically killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. He was shot four times, and died in hospital at 1.15am.
Just six months earlier, Tupac had been killed in very similar circumstances.
The star released his debut album, Ready to Die, in 1994 – and soon became a central figure on the East Coast hip hop scene.
At the time, West Coast hip hop was still dominant in the mainstream charts.
Notorious B.I.G. became heavily involved in a East Coast-West Coast hip hop feud. Tupac Shakur was also a key player, on the West Coast side.
Notorious B.I.G. married R&B singer Faith Evans in August 1994, just weeks after meeting at a Bad Boy photo shoot.
The turbulent marriage was cut short less than three years later, when Notorious B.I.G. was shot in a drive-by shooting.
A tribute single called I’ll Be Missing You – released in 1997 by Puff Daddy, 112 and Faith – won a Grammy award.
In June 1996, Tupac released a song called Hit ‘Em Up – claiming he had had sex with Faith, who was pregnant with Notorious B.I.G’s second child at the time.
Just three months later, Tupac was shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, on September 7.
He died in hospital on September 13.
Both murders remain unsolved, and shrouded in conspiracy theories.
Notorious B.I.G’s double-disk album was released 16 days after his death – and rose straight to no.1 on the US album charts.
Life After Death was certified as Diamond in 2000, one of the only hip hop albums to receive this certification.
Throughout his 5-year career, Biggie Smalls collaborated with Diddy, Faith Evans (whom he married in 1994 and is the mother of his son C.J.), Junior M.A.F.I.A., Lil Kim, 112, The Commission, 2Pac, Method Man, Jay Z, The LOX, R. Kelly, Da Brat, Jermaine Dupri, M.O.P., Organized Konfusion, Grand Puba, R.A. The Rugged Man, Coolio, Buckshot, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Busta Rhymes, Raekwon, Heavy D, Sadat X, Mary J. Blige and more.
At the end of the day his legacy will live on in the hip-hop world. We’ll always love “Big Poppa”.
May he rest in peace.
*The Notorious B.I.G. was an only child.
*Biggie was born and raised in the Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, New York City, near Bedford-Stuyvesant.
*His birth names were Christopher George Latore Wallace.
*He attended New York’s Queen Of All Saints Middle School, Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School and the George Westinghouse Career And Technical Education High School.
*He was arrested for crack dealing in North Carolina in 1991.
*His murder remains unsolved to this day.