Biggie Smalls

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Biggie Smalls

Christopher Wallace, alternate name for Notorious B.I.G.


Early history

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 "p-diddy" 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.


Biggie was shot and killed on March 9, 1997 after leaving a party at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California. This is said to be a result of the "East Coast- West Coast" Beef with Tupac Shakur.

See Also

Notorious B.I.G.

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