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Christopher Wallace, alternate name for [[Notorious B.I.G.]]
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====Biography====
  
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'''Christopher George Latore Wallace''' (May 21, '''1972''' – March 9, '''1997'''), popularly known as '''Biggie Smalls''' (after a fictional [[gangster]] in the '''1975''' film Let's Do It Again), Frank White (based on a '''fictional drug baron''' from the '''1990''' film '''King of New York'''), and by his primary stage name '''The Notorious B.I.G.''', was an [[American]] rapper.
  
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Raised in the '''Brooklyn''' borough of [[New York City]], '''Wallace''' grew up during the peak years of the [[1980s crack epidemic]] and started '''dealing drugs''' at an early age. When '''Wallace''' released his debut album with the '''1994''' record [[Ready to Die]], he was a central figure in the [[East Coast hip hop scene]] and increased '''New York's''' visibility at a time when [[West Coast]] artists were more common 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 East Coast-West Coast hip hop '''feud''', dominating the scene at the time.
  
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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 fifteen days later, hit #1 on the''' U.S.''' album charts and was certified Diamond in '''2000'''. Wallace was noted for his "loose, easy flow", dark '''semi-autobiographical''' lyrics and storytelling abilities. Since his death, a further two albums have been released. [[MTV]] ranked him at #3 on their list of '''The Greatest MCs of All Time'''.
  
Biggy was born Christopher Wallace on May 21, 1972, and grew up in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. He was interested in rap from a young age, performing with local groups like the Old Gold Brothers and the Techniques.The techiniques brought Biggy his first trip to a recording studio. He had already adopted the name Biggie Smalls at this point, a reference to his ample frame, which would grow to be over six feet tall and nearly 400 pounds. Although he was a good student, he dropped out of high school at age 17 to live his life on the streets. Attracted by the money and flashy style of local drug dealers, he started selling crack for a living. He got busted on a trip to North Carolina and spent nine months in jail, and upon his release, he made some demo recordings on a friend's four-track. The resulting tape fell into the hands of Mister Cee, a DJ working with Big Daddy Kane, Cee in turn passed the tape on to the Source, which gave Biggie a positive crit in the unsigned hype section. Thanks to the publicity, Biggie caught the attention of Uptown Records producer Sean "Puffy" Combs, who signed him immediately. With his new daughter in need of immediate financial support, Biggie kept dealing drugs for a short time until Combs found out and laid down the law.
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*'''1994''': ''[[Ready to Die]]''
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*'''1997''': ''[[Life After Death]]''
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Latest revision as of 10:45, 22 January 2010

biggie-smalls-notorious-big.jpg

Biography

Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997), popularly known as Biggie Smalls (after a fictional gangster in the 1975 film Let's Do It Again), Frank White (based on a fictional drug baron from the 1990 film King of New York), and by his primary stage name The Notorious B.I.G., was an American rapper.

Raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, Wallace grew up during the peak years of the 1980s crack epidemic and started dealing drugs at an early age. When Wallace released his debut album with the 1994 record Ready to Die, he was a central figure in the East Coast hip hop scene and increased New York's visibility at a time when West Coast artists were more common 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 East Coast-West Coast hip hop feud, 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 set Life After Death, released fifteen days later, hit #1 on the U.S. album charts and was certified Diamond in 2000. Wallace was noted for his "loose, easy flow", dark semi-autobiographical lyrics and storytelling abilities. Since his death, a further two albums have been released. MTV ranked him at #3 on their list of The Greatest MCs of All Time.


Discography

Albums