Happy Birthday to the late Christopher Wallace, better known as The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie or King of Bedford-Stuyvesant!!
Christopher George Latore Wallace was born on March 21, 1972 and would have been 42 years old today. Due to unfortunate and untimely events, he was murdered March 9, 1997. Biggie was raised in Brooklyn where he became a #1 figure for the East Coast Hip Hop scene and after releasing his debut album Ready To Die in 1994, he gained mainstream success. Biggie went on to release a collaboration album, Conspiracy, with Junior M.A.F.I.A in 1995 and two years later he dropped a second studio album entitled Life After Death. The New York rapper was acknowledged for his work in award nominations from Billboard, The Grammys, MTV Video Music Awards, Soul Train and The Source. While we do know Biggie for his lyrical talents, there are definitely a number of things we didn’t know.
Some Unknown Facts About Biggie
– This is the last photo taken of B.I.G. on March 7, 1997 (a day before his murder) when he attended the 11th Annual Soul Train Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles California. Here he is backstage with Diddy.
– Before his death, Biggie was chosen to play a drug lord alongside Robert Deniro and Christopher Walken. He also appeared in the cop drama “New York Undercover”.
– A soul food restaurant “Big Poppa’s” was almost opened up by Biggie in the Brooklyn neighborhood Bedford-Stuyvesant.
“However living better now, Coogi sweater now”- Big Poppa (1994)
– Biggie, Busta Rhymes and Jay Z all attended George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School in Brooklyn.
– The name “Biggie Smalls was inspired by the 1975 film called “Let’s Do It Again”. In the film there were a group of OG’s led by a hustler by the name of Biggie Smalls.
XXL Pays Tribute To Biggie in March 2012 Cover
The Notorious B.I.G “Sky’s The Limit” directed by Spike Jonze