The Notorious B.I.G.
The Notorious B.I.G. was bornon 21 May 1972 in Clinton Hill, New York City, New York, U.S., American, is Rapper. Christopher George Latore Wallace, known by his stage names Biggie Smalls, The Notorious B.I.G, or Biggie, was an American rapper. He is counted amongst the greatest and most influential rappers ever. At the time when West Coast hip hop was dominating the mainstream, his debut album ‘Ready To Die’ became a huge success. While release of the album made him a prominent figure in the East Coast hip hop scene, visibility of New York City in the genre increased. The very next year ‘Junior M.A.F.I.A’, his protégé group comprising of his childhood friends released the group’s debut album ‘Conspiracy’ which led to chart success. He was remarkable in penning down dark semi-autobiographical lyrics and was noted for his storytelling abilities. He tasted success at a very young age becoming the top-selling solo male rapper and artist of the genre in the U.S. He got involved in the escalating feud between East Coast and West Coast hip hop. He was by an unidentified assailant in 1997 in Los Angeles. After sixteen days of his murder, his double discs album ‘Life After Death’ was released. The album rose at the No. 1 spot on the U.S. charts and received Diamond certification.
Two of his compilation albums are the 2007 released ‘Greatest Hits’ and 2009 released ‘Notorious: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’
His other posthumous albums include ‘Born Again’ (1999) and ‘Duets: The Final Chapter’ (2005)
On March 7, 1997 he attended the ‘1997 Soul Train Music Awards’ and presented an award to Toni Braxton and on March 8 he attended the after party at ‘Peterson Automotive Museum’ hosted by ‘Quest Records’ and ‘Vibe’ magazine
On September 7, 1996, Shakur was shot in Las Vegas, Nevada, in a drive-by shooting and died after six days
Recording of his second album began in September 1995 but was interrupted due to injuries, hip hop disputes and legal squabbles
His debut album ‘Ready to Die’ was released on September 13, 1994 which attained the 13th position on the ‘Billboard 200’ chart and went ‘Platinum’ for four times
On August 8, 1993, he had his first child Tyanna, a daughter from his long time girlfriend
In mid-1992, when Sean Combs, the record producer of ‘Uptown Records A&R’ was fired, Biggie Smalls signed with Comb’s ‘Bad Boy Records’
He was again arrested in 1990 for violating his probation and again after a year he was arrested for drug dealing in North Carolina
He was arrested in Brooklyn in 1989 on weapon charges and was sentenced for probation of five years
He made a casual demo tape ‘Biggie Smalls’, the name was inspired from his own stature as well as from a character of a 1975 film ‘Let’s Do it Again’
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