In the world of rap music, two names are always among the top list. One is Tupac and the other The Notorious B.I.G. There is a reason behind this fame and so today we are going to discuss the life of Christopher Wallace aka Biggie Smalls. Don’t you want to know more about this legend? Then read this whole article to know about his life.
Caption: The king of rap Biggie Smalls
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Born as the only child of Voletta Wallace and Selwyn George Latore, Christopher George Latore Wallace aka Biggie Smalls or also known as The Notorious B.I.G was born on May 21, 1972 in Brooklyn, New York. Wallace was raised by a single mother because his father had abandoned the family when he was only the age of 2. Wallace grew up in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn on 226 St. James Place. By the age of 10, he was overweight thus earning the nickname ‘Big’.
Wallace attended Queen of All Saints Middle school. He was excellent in his studies and later attended George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School after taking the transfer from the Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School. From his teenage years, Wallace found his interests: drugs and rap. According to an interview with the New York Times, he began selling drugs at the age of 12. Dropping out of high school at the age of 17, Biggie became a crack dealer, which he proclaimed was his only source of income at desperate times. Wallace was arrested in Brooklyn in 1989 on weapon charges and was sentenced to probation of five years.
After facing jail, he made a demo tape as Biggie Smalls but had no serious plans to pursue a career in music. Until his recording buzzed in the ears of Sean “Puffy” Combs, as A& R executive and producer, the name The Notorious B.I.G wasn’t in the minds of anybody. Impressed by his music, Puffy went to sign Biggie to his
new label, Bad Boy records. Puffy and Biggie worked on the artist’s first album and like that the Notorious B.I.G was born. Soon Wallace gained exposure on a remix to Mary j. Blige’s single “Real Love”. The song peaked up at No.7 on Billboard Hot 100.
Caption: Biggie with Sean "Puffy" Combs
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Biggie’s debut album ‘Ready to Die’ was released on September 13, 1994, which attained the 13th position on the Billboard 200 chart and went Platinum for four times. After this grand success, he met a rapper from the west coast named Tupac Shakur and became friends with each other. In July 1995, the cover of ‘The Source’ featured him along with the caption ‘The King of New York Takes Over’. He also became the ‘Rap Artist of the Year’ at the Billboard awards.
His recording of the second album began in September 1995 but was interrupted due to injuries. While recording his album ‘Life After Death’ he met an accident and made him wheelchair bound for a while. After recovery, he went to California in February of 1997 to promote his album and in the following month, he attended Soul Train Music Awards.
Biggie small was one of the most influential rappers of all time. At only two albums, he made a net worth of $20 million. Weighing a massive 300 pounds and standing at a height of 189 cm, his nickname suits him perfectly.
Speaking of his love life, Wallace was married to Faith Evans at the age of 22 from 1194 to 1997. He had two children, one son, and one daughter. C.J Wallace Jr. was the name of his son whereas T’yanna Wallace was the name of his daughter.
Caption: The Wallace couple
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Another reason for Biggie’s fame was his mysterious assassination. To this day his killer remains unknown. It was a sad moment for the entire rap world because it had lost one of the greatest rappers of all time. Even though Wallace lived a short life (only 24 years), he left a legacy so big it is now known as ‘rap’.
During his time, Wallace was nominated for 3 times and he won one of them. In 1997, he won the MTV Video Music Awards in the category Best Rap Video.
Sadly, Wallace didn’t lived long enough to be featured in series or films.
Wallace passed away long before the rise of social media. Had he still lived, he would be the most beloved music artist of all time.0 0