- First Name: Christopher
- Last Name: Wallace
- Body Build: Large
- Occupation: Singer
- Nationality: American
- Place of Death: Los Angeles, USA
- Cause of Death: Gunshot
- Height: 190 cm
George Latorita Christopher Wallace, known as Biggie Smalls (after a gangster in the 1975 film "Again Let's Do It") and especially as The Notorious BIG, is an American rapper.
Raised in Brooklyn, New York, Wallace grew up in 80s', the peak period in which drugs were sold on the streets, something which he practiced from a young age. When he released his debut album "Ready to Die " in 1994 he was a central figure in hip-hop scene of the East Coast and New York City increased visibility in a time when rap was dominated by artists from U.S. West Coast. Next year, Wallace together with some childhood friends formed the group Junior MAFIA While recording the second album, Biggie was involved in the conflict between East Coast vs.. West Coast dominating the media scene.
On March 9, 1997, Wallace was killed by an unknown person in Los Angeles. The double album "Life After Death, released 15 days later debuted at number one in the U.S. and was certified Diamond disc sales in 2000 to over 10 million copies. From his death until now have appeared three more albums with Biggie's signature. MTV to hit number three in the top of The Greatest MCs of All Time.
Born in St. Hospital. Mary's on May 21, 1972, he was the only child of mother Voletta Wallace (a preschool teacher in Jamaica) and father George Latorita (a welder for a short period and police in Jamaica). His father left the family when Wallace was just two years, leaving his mother what he had for his two jobs to support his family. Queen of All Saints Middle School, Biggie was good at school, winning numerous awards. Receiving the nickname "Big" because of weight - before turning 10 years. At the age of 12 years start to sell drugs. His mother often went to work, did not know about them than when Biggie was already an adult.
Wallace moved from the Roman-Catholic private school he attended, at his request, to Information Technology attended George Westinghouse High School, where Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes and DMX also studied. According to his mother, he was a pretty good student but was starting to become overconfident. At 17, Biggie dropped out of school and became involved in more various illegal activities/businesses. In 1989 he was arrested for weapons possession and sentenced to five years suspended. In 1990, and arrested and a year later, in 1991 he was arrested in North Carolina for trafficking in cocaine. Spent nine months in jail until he pays bail.
Wallace started rapping since adolescence. He started singing for people on the street alone and with various groups like The Old Gold Brothers and The Techniques. After being released from prison, Wallace made a demo tape under the name Biggie Smalls, a reference to the nickname since childhood, was 1.90 meters and weighed 125 - to 160 kg according to sources. The tape was made without taking a possible career in rap seriously, but was promoted by New York DJ - Mister Cee, what worked with Big Daddy Kane, and was heard by the editor of The Source. In March 1992, Wallace appeared in the column of Unsigned Hype magazine dedicated to young talents that are don't yet have a contract with a label and was invited to sing with other artists that had contracts, a practice which at that time was phenomenal. Demo tape was heard by Sean "Puffy" Combs, arranging a meeting with Wallace.
Immediately after he signed with Uptown Records and appeared on the song "A bunch a Niggas" to those of Heavy D & the Boyz (which is part of the album "Blue Funk"). Shortly after signing the contract, Combs is fired from Uptown and launches a new label - Bad Boy Records - where Biggie followed and in mid 1992. On August 8th, 1993 Biggie's friend's first baby born on T'yanna. He continues to sell drugs to support his daughter financially. Dropped after drugs find and Combs.
Biggie began to gain fame later in the remix song "Real Love" by Mary J. Blige, when he and his pseudonym - The Notorious BIG In April, his Party and bullshit song appears on the soundtrack "Who's the Man." In July 1994 appears with LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes on a remix of Craig Mack to play "in Ya Ear Flavia, which reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100.
On August 4, 1994, Biggie married Faith Evans, nine days after they got acquainted during a shoot. Four days later, Biggie had his first success as a solo artist in the pop charts with "Juicy / Unbeliveble" which reached # 27 on the first single from his debut album.
Ready to Die was released on September 13, 1994 and reaches number 13 on Billboard 200, eventually being certified four times with platinum disc. The album, released in a time when artists were predominantly West Coast charts, according to Rolling Stone "almost alone... he re-focused his attention on East Coast Rap" Besides the song "Juicy", the album also produced two hits: "Big Poppa" and "One More Chance."
In August 1995, the group Biggie's Junior MAFIA (Junior Masters At Finding Intelligent Attitudes "), composed of friends of his childhood released their debut album" Conspiracy ". The group included artists like Lil 'Kim and Lil' cease to have continued solo. The album was selling more than 500,000 copies and pieces "Player's Anthem" and "Get Money", both including therefore it on Biggie, received gold disc and platinum respectively. By the end of the year, Biggie was the best selling solo artist of the American pop charts rap and R & B. In July 1995 appears on the cover of "The Source" which had the title "The King Of New York Takes Over". Sources Award, was named Best New Artist (Solo), Lyricist of the Year, Live Performer of the Year and his debut album was named Album of the Year. Was named Billboard Awards Rap Artist of the Year.
In his year of great success, Biggie was involved in the conflict East Coast Vs. Tupac Shakur West Coast. In an interview with Vibe magazine in April 1995, while he was incarcerated in Clinton Correctional Facility prison, Tupac Shakur accused Sean "Puffy" Combs and Wallace that they knew about the robbery that led to shooting him several times of November 30, 1994. Although they were in the same building where Biggie denied these accusations.
After Shakur out of jail has signed with Death Row Records on October 15, 1995. Death Row Records and Bad Boy had become a rival record labels. In June 1996, Tupac Shakur released the song "Hit 'Em Up", which says he had sex with Biggie's wife and that he has copied the style and image. Wallace didn't respond to this song only by a few remarks on Jay-Z track "Brooklyn's Finest" and a radio interview in 1997 said that "it's not my style" to respond. Shakur was shot several times in Las Vegas on September 7, 1996, and died six days later from complications. Rumours saying that Biggie was involved in Tupac Shakur's death began to circulate almost immediately. Wallace rejected the accusations saying that at the time he was in New York.
On October 29, 1996, Biggie's wife - Faith Evans gave birth to a boy - Christopher "CJ" Wallace Jr. Next Month Lil 'Kim released her debut album "Hard Core", under the guidance of Wallace while they also had a intimate relationship. She was pregnant with Biggie's child but decided to resort to abortion.
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