The Notorious B.I.G.

Gangsta rap, Music video performer

1972 – 1997


Who was The Notorious B.I.G.?

Christopher George Latore Wallace, best known as The Notorious B.I.G. or Biggie Smalls, was an American rapper.

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's visibility in the genre at a time when West Coast hip hop was dominant in the mainstream. 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 set Life After Death, released 16 days later, rose to No. 1 on the U.S. album charts and was certified Diamond in 2000, one of the few hip hop albums to receive this certification. Wallace was noted for his "loose, easy flow", dark semi-autobiographical lyrics and storytelling abilities. Two more albums have been released since his death. He has certified sales of 17 million units in the United States.

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May 21, 1972
Clinton Hill
Also known as
  • Notorious BIG
  • Notorious B.I.G.
  • Notorious B. I. G.
  • Notrious B.I.G
  • The Notorious B. I. G.
  • Notorious B.I.G
  • The Notorious BIG
  • Biggy Smalls
  • Biggie Smalls
  • Christopher Wallace
  • Catholicism
  • African American
  • United States of America
  • George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School
  • Roman Catholic Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School
  • Queen of All Saints Middle School
Lived in
  • Brooklyn
  • Los Angeles
  • Teaneck
Mar 9, 1997
Los Angeles

on July 23, 2013


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