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Notorious B.I.G.

Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997), best known as The Notorious B.I.G., was an American rapper. He was also known as Biggie Smalls (after a character in the 1975 film Let's Do It Again) and Frank White (after the main character of the 1990 film King of New York). Wallace was raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. When Wallace released his debut album Ready to Die in 1994, he became 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 15 days later, hit #1 on the U.S. album charts and was certified Diamond in 2000 (one of the few hip hop albums to receive this certification). Wallace was noted for his "loose, easy flow", dark semi-autobiographical

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Notorious B.I.G.'s Son -- I'm a High School Graduate!

Notorious B.I.G.'s Son
I'm a High School Graduate!

Notorious B.I.G. might have been called a fool for dropping out of high school, but nobody can say that about his son ... because Christopher Wallace Jr. is now a high school grad.Biggie's only… READ MORE >

Biggie Smalls -- Daughter Releases 'Notoriouss' Clothing Line

Biggie Smalls
Daughter Releases 'NOTORIOUSS' Clothing

I love it when you call me ... BIG CLOTHING MOGUL -- at least, that's what Christopher Wallace's daughter is aspiring to become after launching a fashion line named after her dad. 19-year-old… READ MORE >

- 415 days ago
Notorious B.I.G. -- AUTOPSY REPORT Reveals Graphic Details

Notorious B.I.G.
Autopsy Report Reveals Graphic Details

Christopher Wallace sustained gunshot wounds to his chest, shoulder, leg, forearm and scrotum on the night he was murdered in L.A. back in 1997 ... this according to the never-before-seen autopsy… READ MORE >

- 581 days ago
Lil' Kim -- Notorious B.I.G.'s Death is Still 'Hard for Me' ... 15 Years Later

Lil' Kim -- Biggie's Death
is 'Hard for Me' ... 15 Years Later

Biggie Smalls was shot and killed 15 years ago today ... but the rapper's female protege Lil' Kim tells TMZ ... she's still in mourning ... explaining, "It still hurts very much."Kim -- who was… READ MORE >

- 853 days ago
Notorious B.I.G. vs Tupac -- East Coast/West Coast War ... Sex Tape Edition

Notorious B.I.G. vs Tupac
(Hypothetical) Sex Tape War!

Singer Faith Evans is in the middle of Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac again ... tackling a not-so-far-fetched hypothetical question -- which rap legend would make the best sex tape? Choose wisely,… READ MORE >

- 932 days ago
B.I.G.'s Family -- 'Pleased' with Investigation Progress

B.I.G.'s Family
'Pleased' with Investigation Progress

The estate of rapper Notorious B.I.G. is "pleased" that law enforcement agencies have reinvigorated their investigation into his mysterious shooting death ... TMZ has learned. According to… READ MORE >

- 1280 days ago
Notorious B.I.G. Murder Investigation 'Reinvigorated'

Notorious B.I.G.
Murder Investigation 'Reinvigorated'

The investigation into the slaying of Notorious B.I.G. was "reinvigorated" just a few months ago as a result of new information ... 13 years after he was killed in Los Angeles ... this according… READ MORE >

- 1281 days ago
Michael Clarke Duncan Could Have Saved Biggie

Michael Clarke Duncan
Could Have Saved Biggie

Notorious B.I.G. could still be alive today ... if only Michael Clarke Duncan hadn't switched shifts the night he was killed."The Green Mile" star who once did security for rappers, told us he was… READ MORE >

- 1555 days ago
Notorious B.I.G. in Another West Coast Feud

Notorious B.I.G. in
Another West Coast Feud

Biggie Smalls is smack in the middle of another heated battle in California -- but this time, the deceased rapper's wife, Faith Evans, is the one in the hot seat. It's all over private home videos… READ MORE >

- 1597 days ago
Biggie Actor Faces Notorious Assault Rap

Biggie Actor Faces
Notorious Assault Rap

The guy who's playing the Notorious B.I.G. in that hip-hop biopic is facing a rap of his own -- for allegedly assaulting his wife.Court records show Jamal Woolard was arrested and charged back on… READ MORE >

- 1997 days ago

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