The Notorious B.I.G.

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The Notorious B.I.G.
A mural of the Notorious B.I.G.
A mural of the Notorious B.I.G.
Background information
Birth nameChristopher George Latore Wallace
Also known as
  • Biggie Smalls
  • Biggie
  • BIG
  • Frank White
  • MC CWest
Born(1972-05-21)May 21, 1972
New York City, U.S.
DiedMarch 9, 1997(1997-03-09) (aged 24)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • record executive
Years active1992–1997
Associated acts
WebsiteOfficial website

Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997), better known by his stage names, The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie Smalls, or simply Biggie, was an American rapper. He grew up in Brooklyn. He admitted that he was a crack cocaine dealer.[1]

He had two children.

He rapped on Michael Jackson's 1995 single "This Time Around".

Discography[change | change source]

Albums[change | change source]

The Notorious B.I.G. released 2 studio albums in his lifetime and two after his death*:

Year Album
1994 Ready to Die
1997 Life After Death
1999 Born Again*
2005 Duets: The Final Chapter*

Singles[change | change source]

Year Album
1994 Juicy
1995 Big Poppa
1995 One More Chance|One More Chance (Stay with Me Remix)]]
1997 Hypnotize
1997 Mo Money Mo Problems (feat. Mase & Puff Daddy)
1997 Sky's The Limit (song) (feat. 112)
1999 Notorious B.I.G.* (feat. Puff Daddy & Lil' Kim)
2000 Dead Wrong (feat. Eminem)
2005 Nasty Girl
2006 Spit Your Game (feat. Twista, Krayzie Bone, Swizz Beatz, 8 Ball and MJG)
  • (*) albums and songs were released posthumously (after death).

Media[change | change source]

Filmography[change | change source]

  • The Show (1995) as himself
  • Rhyme & Reason (1997 documentary) as himself
  • Biggie & Tupac (2002 documentary) archive footage
  • Tupac Resurrection (2004 documentary) archive footage
  • Notorious B.I.G. Bigger Than Life (2007 documentary) archive footage
  • Notorious (2009) archive footage
  • All Eyez on Me (2017) archive footage
  • Quincy (2018 documentary) archive footage
  • Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G. (2017 documentary) archive footage
  • Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell (2021 documentary) archive footage

Television appearances[change | change source]

  • New York Undercover (1995) as himself
  • Martin (1995) as himself
  • Who Shot Biggie & Tupac? (2017)
  • Unsolved (2018)

Awards and nominations[change | change source]

Award Year of ceremony Nominee/work Category Result
The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards[2] 1995 The Notorious B.I.G. New Artist of the Year, Solo Won
The Notorious B.I.G. Lyricist of the Year Won
The Notorious B.I.G. Live Performer of the Year Won
Ready To Die Album of the Year Won
Billboard Music Awards [1][2] 1995 The Notorious B.I.G. Rap Artist of the Year Won
"One More Chance/Stay with Me (Remix)" (with Faith Evans) Rap Single of the Year Won
1997 Life After Death R&B Album Won
Grammy Awards [3][4] Template:Grammy "Big Poppa" Best Rap Solo Performance Nominated
Template:Grammy "Hypnotize" Best Rap Solo Performance Nominated
"Mo Money Mo Problems" (with Mase and Puff Daddy) Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group Nominated
Life After Death Best Rap Album Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards [5][6] 1997 "Hypnotize" Best Rap Video Won
1998 "Mo Money Mo Problems" (with Mase and Puff Daddy) Best Rap Video Nominated
Soul Train Music Awards [7][8] 1996 "One More Chance/Stay With Me (Remix)" (with Faith Evans) R&B/Soul or Rap Song of the Year Won
1998 Life After Death Best R&B/Soul Album - Male Won
Life After Death R&B/Soul or Rap Album of the Year Nominated
"Mo Money Mo Problems" (with Mase and Puff Daddy) Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video Nominated
Black Reel Awards [9] 2004 "Runnin' (Dying to Live)" (with Tupac Shakur) Best Original or Adapted Song Nominated
ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards[3][4][5] 2005 "Runnin' (Dying to Live)" (with Tupac Shakur) Top Soundtrack Song of the Year Won
2017 The Notorious B.I.G. ASCAP Founders Award Won
2020 "Sicko Mode" Winning Rap and R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Won
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame[6] 2020 The Notorious B.I.G. Performers Won

Murder[change | change source]

Wallace was killed in a drive by shooting in Los Angeles, California after leaving a party hosted by Vibe magazine and Qwest Records for the Soul Train Music Awards on March 9, 1997. The murder was similar to Tupac's Murder.

Wallace was driving a GMC Suburban, a man in a Chevy Impala SS stopped on side of Wallace's SUV and fired shots at the Suburban. Four bullets hit Wallace's chest. His murder is still unsolved.[source?]

References[change | change source]

  1. Rap's man of the moment
  2. 2nd Annual Source Awards
  3. 2005 ASCAP Awards
  4. 2017 ASCAP Awards
  5. 2020 ASCAP Awards
  6. "The Notorious B.I.G."

Other websites[change | change source]