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The Notorious B.I.G.

Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997) was an American rapper. He was popularly known asBiggieSmalls (aftera character in the 1975 film Let's Do It Again), Big Poppa, and The Black Frank White (after the maincharacter ofthe 1990 film King of NewYork), but primarily by his stage name The Notorious B.I.G..

Wallace was raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. When Wallace released his debut album Ready to Die in 1994,hebecame acentral figure in the East Coast hip-hop scene and increased New York's visibility at a time when West Coastartistswere m ...read more

Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997) was an American rapper. He was popularly known asBiggieSmalls (aftera character in the 1975 film Let's Do It Again), Big Poppa, and The Black Frank White (after the maincharacter ofthe 1990 film King of NewYork), but primarily by his stage name The Notorious B.I.G..

Wallace was raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. When Wallace released his debut album Ready to Die in 1994,hebecame acentral figure in the East Coast hip-hop scene and increased New York's visibility at a time when West Coastartistswere more common in themainstream. The following year, Wallace led his childhood friends to chart success through hisprotégégroup, Junior M.A.F.I.A.. While recordinghis second album, Wallace was heavily involved in the East Coast/West Coasthip-hopfeud, dominating the scene at the time.

On March 9, 1997, Wallace was killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. His double-disc setLifeAfter Death,released 15 days later, hit #1 on the U.S. album charts and was certified Diamond in 2000 (one of the few hiphopalbums to receive thiscertification). Wallace was noted for his "loose, easy flow", dark semi-autobiographical lyricsandstorytelling abilities. Since his death, a furthertwo albums have been released. MTV ranked him at #3 on their list ofTheGreatest MCs (Rappers) of All Time. He has certified sales of 17million units in the United States. « hide

Similar Bands: Nas, Jay-Z, Kool G. Rap, 2Pac, Junior M.A.F.I.A.

LPs
Duets: The Final Chapter
2005

2.6
103 Votes
Born Again
1999

3
155 Votes
Life After Death
1997

4
607 Votes
Ready to Die
1994

4.5
1,279 Votes
Compilations
Blue Eyes Meets Bed-Stuy
01/01/2013

2.9
4 Votes
Greatest Hits
2007

4.1
40 Votes
Rap Phenomenon
2003

3
1 Votes

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