Notorious B.I.G also known by many other names was an American rapper.
Background Information of B.I.G:
- Notorious B.I.G was born on 21 May, 1972 in Brooklyn, New York.
- His birth name is Christopher George Letore Wallace.
- As a popular figure, he was also referred to as Biggie Smalls, The King of New York, The Black, Frank White, Big Poppa, Frankie Baby and B.I.
- He studied at George Westinghouse High School in Brooklyn, New York but was a high-school drop-out.
- When he was young, B.I.G made a living by selling drugs.
- After being in prison for a few months, he left the risky business and self-recorded a sample of hip-hop tracks on a tape.
- His tracks were played by the local radio station.
- In August 1994, B.I.G married Faith Evans and had one son from the marriage.
- He also has a daughter from a previous relationship.
- Though he was not a conventional good looker, he managed to impress everyone with his voice and talent.
- His was killed by unknown assailants in a tragic shootout on March 9, 1997.
Career of B.I.G:
- B.I.G was discovered by Sean Combs (P. Diddy) and landed a contract with Bad Boy Records.
- In 1993, he made his debut as a soloist with “Party and Bullshit” which was part of “Who’s the Man”.
- In 1994, he came out with “Ready to Die” which achieved phenomenon success and received a platinum certificate.
- In 1995, he delivered another hit single which featured remixes of “One More Chance” and topped the Billboard R&B charts.
- In 1995 and 1996, he featured in Junior Mafia’s “Player’s Anthem”, “Get Money” and the Bad Boy Remix of “Only You”.
- His last album “Life after Death” was released posthumously just a few days after his murder.
- He became a big name in Hip-Hop even at the young age of 25.
- His key to popularity was his deep baritone voice.
- B.I.G solo track “Mo Money, Mo Problems” made it to the top ten hits in the UK.
- 1995- Received the Billboard Magazine Award for hip-hop artist of the year.
- He also launched his own clothing line in 1996 by the name of “Brooklyn Mint”.
- “Life After Death” which was released after his death, received a diamond certification.
- 2004- Was nominated for the Black Reel Award in the “Best Song” category for “Tupac: Resurrection”.