The Notorious B.I.G.

The Notorious B.I.G.



Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997), better known by his stage names The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie, or Biggie Smalls,[1] was an American rapper. He is ranked by Billboard as among the ten greatest rappers of all time.[2]

Wallace was raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. When he released his debut album Ready to Die in 1994, he became a central figure in the East Coast hip hop scene and increased New York City's visibility in the genre at a time when West Coast hip hop was dominant in the mainstream.[3] The following year, Wallace led his childhood friends to chart success through his protégé group, Junior M.A.F.I.A. While recording his second album, Wallace was heavily involved in the growing East Coast–West Coast hip hop feud.

On March 9, 1997, Wallace was killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. His double-disc album Life After Death, released 16 days later, rose to No. 1 on the U.S. album charts and was certified Diamond in 2000 by the Recording Industry Association of America, one of the few hip hop albums to receive this certification.[4] Wallace was noted for his "loose, easy flow",[5] dark semi-autobiographical lyrics and storytelling abilities, sometimes changing his pitch on songs. Three more albums have been released since his death. He has certified sales of 17 million units in the United States,[6] including 13.4 million albums.[7]



Life After Death
Life After Death is the second and final studio album by American rapper The Notorious B.I.G., released on March 25, 1997, on Bad Boy Records and Arista Records.
Ready to Die
Ready to Die is the debut studio album by American rapper The Notorious B.I.G.; it was released on September 13, 1994, by Bad Boy Records and Arista Records.
Duets: The Final Chapter
Duets: The Final Chapter (sometimes referred as The Biggie Duets) is the fourth studio album and second and final posthumous album by late American rapper The Notorious B.I.G., and is a collection of songs featuring appearances of other prominent rappers.
Mo Money Mo Problems
"Mo Money Mo Problems" is a single by The Notorious B.I.G., the second single from his album Life After Death.

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Brian Guest talks Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.
  –  March 16, 2018
All of my friends and I were into their music. Any party we ever had or went to always ... Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. airs on USA on Tuesdays at 10pm EST. Be sure to tune in!
A History of SoundCloud Rappers Disrespecting Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G.
  –  March 13, 2018
In the pantheon of hip-hop, there are very few rappers—dead or alive—whose names hold as high of an esteem as the late greats Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. 'Pac ... many rap fans by calling Biggie's music overrated during a sit down with ...
Life After Death: Reliving The Notorious B.I.G.’s Classic Freestyles On The Anniversary Of His Murder
  –  March 9, 2018
R.E.M. evokes visions of a burgeoning music community in 1980’s Athens, GA. And, of course, no artist embodied the mean streets of Brooklyn in the 90’s more than Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known as The Notorious B.I.G. Born and ...
We’ll Always Love Big Poppa: 5 Songs That Reference The Notorious B.I.G.
  –  March 9, 2018
On the anniversary of Biggie’s untimely death, we look back on not only his music but his legacy that impacted so many other musicians. He paved the way and opened doors for so many artists and rappers now still name the Notorious B.I.G. as their top 5 ...
Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac & The Notorious B.I.G. cast discuss rappers’ mysterious murders
  –  February 27, 2018
In the series we meet rap’s bigtime players, Tupac Shakur (Marcc Rose) and The Notorious B.I.G. (Wavyy Jonez), and see a softer ... who plays 2006 investigating officer Daryn Dupree, co-producer and music supervisor Lyah Beth LeFlore, and executive ...
‘Unsolved’ Review: ‘The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.’ Has Big ‘Ambitionz’ But Fails to ‘Hypnotize’
  –  February 27, 2018
It plays out like a mystery, and by the end of the seventh episode (out of 10 total), “The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.” takes a stand behind one ... plow through famous and infamous moments in music history or the elevated artistry ...
‘Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.’ to Premiere on USA
  –  February 27, 2018
More than two decades have passed since the tragic deaths of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G., yet the hip-hop legends’ death and music still resonate with us today. And on Tuesday, viewers will have the chance to watch a 10-part true crime series ...
The Notorious B.I.G. Scores Fifth Million-Selling Album
  –  February 16, 2018
The set sold 4,000 copies in the week ending Feb. 8 (up a whopping 339 percent), according to Nielsen Music, pushing the album’s sales ... album units earned (up 61 percent). The Notorious B.I.G. has one more album in his catalog, the 2017 collaborative ...
2018 Sundance Film Festival - "Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G." Portrait Session
  –  January 21, 2018
Josh Duhamel poses for a portrait to promote "Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G." at the Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)

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