Notorious B.I.G.

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Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997), better known by his stage names The Notorious B.I.G, Biggie or Biggie Smalls, was an American rapper raised in Brooklyn, New York City. When he 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 profile at a time when the West Coast was dominant in the mainstream. The following year, Wallace led his childhood friends to chart success through his protege group, Junior M.A.F.I.A. While recording his second album, Wallace was heavily involved in the growing East Coast/West Coast hip hop feud.

On March 9th, 1997, Wallace was killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Lost Angeles. His double-disc set Life After Death, released 16 days later, rose to No. 1 on the U.S album charts and was certified Diamond in 2000. Two more albums have been released since his death. He has certified sales of 17 million units in the United States.