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Encyclopedia > The Notorious B.I.G
The Notorious B.I.G.

B.I.G.'s 1999 album, Born Again
Origin Brooklyn, New York
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Years active 19931997 (rapper)
1997–present (posthumous career)
Genre(s) East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap, Club Music, Pop-Rap
Label(s) Bad Boy/Arista
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Christopher Wallace (May 21, 1972March 9, 1997), also known as Biggie Smalls (the moniker of a deceased producer who was a friend of his, Stretch's and 2Pac's, and the subject of 2Pac and Stretch's song "God Bless the Dead") and Frank White (from the film King of New York), but best known as The Notorious B.I.G. (Business Instead of Game and, since his death, Books Instead of Guns), was a popular Brooklyn-born rapper of the mid-1990s. Download high resolution version (1382x1036, 62 KB)Biggie, by Chris Theobald File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Born Again is the name a posthumous album by The Notorious B.I.G.. It was released on December 7, 1999. ... For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Genres of Cuban music and other popular music A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... East Coast Hip Hop is a style of hip hop music that originated in New York City, New York during the late-1970s. ... Gangsta rap is a subgenre of hip hop music which involves a lyrical focus on the lifestyles of inner-city criminals. ... Baltimore Club, also called Baltimore Breaks, Baltimore house, and Dew Doo Beat, is a genre of House and Dance music. ... A record label is a brand created by companies that specialize in producing, manufacturing, distributing and promoting audio and sometimes video recordings (especially music videos), on various formats including compact discs, LPs, DVD-Audio, SACDs, and cassettes. ... Bad Boy Records is an East Coast hip hop record label founded by producer/rapper Sean Diddy Combs in 1993 after his power climb from a no-pay internship to A&R executive at Uptown Records was terminated by the then CEO Andre Harrell. ... Arista Records was founded in 1975 by Clive Davis, and named after his secondary school honor society. ... May 21 is the 141st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (142nd in leap years). ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year that started on a Tuesday. ... March 9 is the 68th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (69th in Leap years). ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Years after his death, Tupac Shakur is still considered one of the most influential hip hop artists of all time. ... King of New York is an ultraviolent 1990 motion picture depicting Frank White, a recently-released drug lord who, in a modern-day retelling of the Robin Hood legend, returns to New York City to retake control of the illegal drug trade and use the profits to fight poverty. ... Main article: New York City A map of New York City, highlighting Brooklyn. ... Rapping is one of the elements of hip hop and the distinguishing feature of hip hop music; it is a form of rhyming lyrics spoken rhythmically over musical instruments, with a musical backdrop of sampling, scratching and mixing by DJs. ...


His career was overshadowed by the Bad Boy/Death Row Records feud during his life, but following his untimely death in 1997, The Notorious B.I.G. has been celebrated as a hip hop legend. He is remembered for his storytelling ability, coupled with his talented freestyling ability, and his easy to understand yet complex flow. The Notorious B.I.G. is held by a great many as one of, if not the, greatest rapper of all time. Bad Boy Records is an East Coast hip hop record label founded by producer/rapper Sean Diddy Combs in 1993 after his power climb from a no-pay internship to A&R executive at Uptown Records was terminated by the then CEO Andre Harrell. ... Death Row Records Logo. ... Death is the cessation of physical life in a living organism, or the state of the organism after that event. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hip hop music (also referred to as rap or rap music) is a style of popular music. ...

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Childhood and drug career

The 6'3", 300 pound (136 kg) rapper, was raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York City. B.I.G.'s mother Voletta Wallace was a preschool teacher who claimed that Christopher lived a comfortable life. He would later profess otherwise on songs such as "Juicy". As an honor-roll student, he dropped out of school at 17 to work as a small-time crack cocaine dealer in his hometown. He would later traffic the drug into Virginia where it could be sold at a higher price. Even as a drug dealer, young Wallace was known for his charisma. He rapped as a hobby and was soon discovered by DJ Mister Cee (Big Daddy Kane's former DJ), with whom he released his demo tape. Big Daddy Kane Big Daddy Kane (born Antonio Hardy, 10 September 1968) is a rapper from Brooklyn, New York. ...


Rap career

Biggie first gained notice with "Party and Bullshit," his first single. He appeared on "One Million Strong" on a song called "RUNNIN'" with 2Pac & Dramacydal. He also made an appearance on a Trapp album called "Stop The Gunfight" on a track called "Be The Realist" with 2Pac & Trapp. This album also contained a remix of "RUNNIN'" called "Stop The Gunfight".


In 1994 he released "Juicy", his second (yet first mainstream) single. He also released Ready to Die, his debut album. Ready to Die is regarded as one of hip-hop's all-time classic albums, and is credited with revitalizing East Coast hip hop. The album features one of rap's most famous "playa anthems", the song "Big Poppa", which samples R&B singers, the Isley Brothers. On the track "Everyday Struggle", Biggie's album drew critical acclaim for its vivid story-telling and razor-sharp lyricism, such as "They don't know about the stress filled day/Baby on the way, mad bills to pay/That's why you drink Tanqueray/So you can reminisce and wish/You wasn't living so devilish." Another standout track is "Warning," wherein Biggie once again displays his story-telling ability. The album is considered by many to be one of the best and most hardcore hip-hop albums of all time. Ready to Die is a gangsta rap album by East Coast hip hop artist Notorious B.I.G., released on September 13, 1994 (see 1994 in music). ... East Coast Hip Hop is a style of hip hop music that originated in New York City, New York during the late-1970s. ...


In 1995, Biggie's clique Junior M.A.F.I.A. (Junior Masters At Finding Intelligent Attitudes) released the album Conspiracy. That same year saw Biggie introduce to the mainstream his crewmates Lil' Kim and Lil' Caesar. That same year, B.I.G.'s single "One More Chance" debuted at #5 on the Pop Charts, at the time, tying Scream/Childhood by Michael Jackson as the highest debut single in music history, although this record has since been surpased by Michael Jackson's You Are Not Alone which debuted at number one. "One More Chance," which sampled the R&B song "Stay With Me," was a remix of the song by the same name that originally appeared on Ready to Die. Kimberly Denise Jones (born July 11, 1975), also known as Lil Kim and the Queen Bee, is an American rap music artist, known for her sexually explicit lyrics and the revealing outfits she wears in her public appearances and magazine layouts. ... Lil Ceaser is the leader (with exception of The Notorious B.I.G.) of the rap group Junior M.A.F.I.A. http://www. ... For other people with the same name, see Michael Jackson (disambiguation) Michael Joseph Jackson (born August 29, 1958), also known as The King of Pop or pejoratively as Wacko Jacko, is an American musician whose controversial personal life and successful music career have been at the forefront of pop culture... For other people with the same name, see Michael Jackson (disambiguation) Michael Joseph Jackson (born August 29, 1958), also known as The King of Pop or pejoratively as Wacko Jacko, is an American musician whose controversial personal life and successful music career have been at the forefront of pop culture... You Are Not Alone is a 1995 hit single for Michael Jackson, taken from his album HIStory. ...


By the end of 1995, The Notorious B.I.G. had become one of the most famous and popular rappers in the world. He was named Lyricist Of The Year by The Source, and many dubbed him the "King Of New York" (a play on his "Frank White" nickname, which stems from the movie with the same name). There have been a number of things known as The Source: The Source is a 1967 novel by James A. Michener. ... King of New York is an ultraviolent 1990 motion picture depicting Frank White, a recently-released drug lord who, in a modern-day retelling of the Robin Hood legend, returns to New York City to retake control of the illegal drug trade and use the profits to fight poverty. ...


East Coast/West Coast feud and death

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Although Ready to Die brought massive fame to Biggie, he is most famed for his alleged involvement in rap's most infamous feud between the East and West Coast scenes. Before Ready to Die was released, Biggie began to associate with rap superstar Tupac Shakur, a Baltimore native who moved to Los Angeles, California. The two recorded a number of songs together, and Biggie even performed alongside Tupac in a now-famous Madison Square Garden freestyle in 1994. However, their friendship ended when Shakur was shot in November of 1994 and suspected Biggie and Puff Daddy of culpability. Shakur subsequently joined Death Row Records after his release from prison in late 1995. Death Row Records and Bad Boy Entertainment were the two most successful labels of the 1990's, and with the two biggest stars in rap now associated with different labels, the feud escalated. When Tupac was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, where he had been watching a Mike Tyson boxing match, rumors of Biggie's possible involvement in the murder cropped up almost immediately. Biggie denied the allegations. Also around this time, Biggie was involved in a car accident that shattered his leg and would force him to use a cane for the rest of his life. Image File history File links Please see the file description page for further information. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with The Notorious B.I.G.. (Discuss) Amir Muhammad is an individual who was alleged by Rolling Stone magazine writer Randall Sullivan to have murdered rapper Christopher Wallace, aka The Notorious B.I.G.. See also: Orlando Anderson, David... Ready to Die is a gangsta rap album by East Coast hip hop artist Notorious B.I.G., released on September 13, 1994 (see 1994 in music). ... Feuds and rivalries have always existed in hip hop, which arose in 1970s United States. ... Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996) was an American hip hop artist, poet and actor. ... This article is about the largest city in California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 3rd 410,000 km² 402. ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, has been the name of four arenas in New York City, United States. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969 aka P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, Sean Puffy Combs) is an American record producer and CEO and founder of Bad Boy Entertainment, one of the driving forces in hip hop in the mid to late 1990s. ... Death Row Records Logo. ... This article is about the city of Las Vegas in Nevada. ... Michael Gerard Tyson, (born June 30, 1966, Brooklyn, New York, USA) is a former American professional boxer and World Heavyweight Champion, and is considered by many to be one of the greatest and most feared heavyweight boxers of all time. ... A cane is a long, straight wooden stick, generally of bamboo, Malacca (rattan), or some similar plant, mainly used as a support, such as a walking stick or as an instrument of punishment. ...


On March 9, 1997, the events came full circle when Biggie was shot and killed in Los Angeles, where he had been attending a party by VIBE Magazine near the Peterson Automotive Museum. Neither murder has been conclusively solved, though theories abound as to the motives and identities of the murderers. Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight and the Mob Piru Bloods gang with whom he associated are among the prime suspects for involvement. In his book, LAbyrinth, LAPD officer Randall Sullivan probes the circumstances and figures involved in the shootings. March 9 is the 68th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (69th in Leap years). ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Janet Jackson on the cover of Vibe in 1998. ... Suge Knight Marion Knight, a. ... For the Native American nation, please see Kainai. ...


Additionally, Director Nick Broomfield has released an investigative documentary called Biggie & Tupac which implicates the LAPD and Suge Knight. Nick Broomfield with his famous sound boom and half-on headphones. ... Biggie & Tupac is a feature-length documentary film about Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur, made by Nick Broomfield. ...


The Los Angeles Times ran an almost universally discredited article entitled "Who Shot Tupac Shakur?" by reporter Chuck Phillips, which concludes that Biggie Smalls was ultimately behind the Las Vegas shooting of Tupac. Evidence to the contrary, most notably a dated and timed excerpt from a recording that Biggie made in a studio in New York when he was supposedly providing the murder weapon to hitmen in Las Vegas has since surfaced. The fact that the article claims that Biggie checked in and out of a hotel without being noticed by a single individual, despite being a 6'3", 300 pound national celebrity also damages the credibility of these articles. The Los Angeles Times (also known as the LA Times) is a daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, California and distributed throughout the western United States. ... This article is about the city of Las Vegas in Nevada. ...


Posthumous career

Life After Death, Biggie's second album, debuted at #1 on the charts. The album was released only two weeks after Biggie's murder. Its lead single was "Hypnotize", which was also the last video Biggie would take part in. Life After Death hit number one on the Billboard charts and spawned several hit singles in the United States. The album sold 18 million copies (worldwide), and, as of 2005, is the best selling hip-hop album of all time. Biggie's biggest chart hit was with the song "Mo' Money, Mo' Problems," an upbeat number featuring rappers Mase and Puff Daddy, and sampling the disco song "I'm Coming Out" by Diana Ross for the beat. The video is noted for having started the "Shiny Suit" era in hip hop. The last video single from Life After Death was "Sky's The Limit" featuring 112. The video for this song, directed by Spike Jonze, was noted for the use of children portraying a day in the life of Biggie. Life After Death is the second album by East Coast rapper Notorious B.I.G. (Biggie Smalls), released on March 25, 1997 (see 1997 in music). ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ma$e, on the cover of his 2004 album Welcome Back. ... Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969 aka P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, Sean Puffy Combs) is an American record producer and CEO and founder of Bad Boy Entertainment, one of the driving forces in hip hop in the mid to late 1990s. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Diana Ross on the cover of her collection Diana Ross: The Ultimate Collection This article is about the American musician. ... 112 (pronounced One-TWELVE) is an American R&B quartet from Atlanta, Georgia, made up of members Daron Tavaris Jones, Michael Marcel Keith (aka Mike), Quinnes Daymond Parker (aka Q), and Marvin Eugene Scandrick, III (aka Slim). They are best known for hit singles such as Anywhere and Dance With... Spike Jonze with the Silver Bear award for directing the movie Adaptation at the Berlin Film Festival in 2003. ...


During the summer of 1997, Puff Daddy released his debut album "No Way Out," which featured Biggie on a number of songs, notably in the chorus of the single "Been Around the World" over David Bowie's sample ("Let's Dance"). However, the single that carried this album to the top was "I'll Be Missing You", a tribute and a massively successful single dedicated to Biggie. The song featured Puff Daddy, Wallace's widow Faith Evans and R&B group 112. The song sampled the melody of The Police's hit song "Every Breath You Take." All these artists performed the song with (former Police vocalist) Sting during the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards. David Bowie David Bowie (born David Robert Jones on January 8, 1947) is an English rock musician and actor. ... Faith Evans Faith Renee Evans (born June 10, 1973 in Lakeland, Florida and grew up in Newark, New Jersey) is an African-American R&B singer/songwriter who rose to fame even while under the shadows of her famous late husband, hip-hop icon The Notorious B.I.G.. // Biography... The Police was a three-piece British new wave band which was strongly influenced by reggae. ... Sting in Budapest, 2000 Gordon Matthew Sumner, CBE (born October 2, 1951), usually known by his stage name Sting, is an English musician from Newcastle upon Tyne. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The MTV Video Music Awards were established in 1984 by MTV to celebrate the top music videos of the year. ...


The year 1999 saw another release of a posthumous Notorious B.I.G. album. Puff Daddy released Biggie's third album, Born Again. It had two hit singles called "N.O.T.O.R.I.O.U.S." featuring Puff Daddy and Lil' Kim (interpolation to the Duran Duran's song of the same name), and "Dead Wrong" a single that later was remixed with a verse from Eminem. The video for "N.O.T.O.R.I.O.U.S." also featured appearances by 98 Degrees and Fat Joe, and is also the last Notorious B.I.G. solo video to date (as of 2005). 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Born Again is the name a posthumous album by The Notorious B.I.G.. It was released on December 7, 1999. ... Duran Duran are an electronic pop-rock band, often classified into the aggregate 80s rock genre and notable for a long series of catchy, synthesizer-driven hit singles and vivid music videos. ... Eminem, (born Marshall Bruce Mathers III on October 17, 1972 in Kansas City, Missouri), a Grammy and Oscar-winner, is one of todays most popular and controversial rappers. ... 98 Degrees was an American boy band. ... Fat Joe. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 2002, Puff Daddy gave 50 Cent rights to sample Biggie's verses from "Niggas" (a song from the Born Again album) into a song called "The Realest Niggas". It got out as a single and hit New York radio stations as a big hit. Many have attributed that song as a major key to the rise of 50 Cent, who is now one of hip-hop's biggest superstars. The song (which also featured and was produced by Eminem) was later put on the soundtrack for the 2003 hit movie Bad Boys 2 with Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. Later on in 2003, Biggie appeared on "Runnin' (Dying To Live)" along with 2Pac. The song was produced by Eminem. 2002 (MMII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969 aka P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, Sean Puffy Combs) is an American record producer and CEO and founder of Bad Boy Entertainment, one of the driving forces in hip hop in the mid to late 1990s. ... Curtis James Jackson (born July 6, 1975), known commonly as 50 Cent, is a popular African-American rapper who rose to fame following the success of his 2003 debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin. // Early history Originally from Southside Jamaica, Queens, 50 Cent is currently one of the most... Eminem, (born Marshall Bruce Mathers III on October 17, 1972 in Kansas City, Missouri), a Grammy and Oscar-winner, is one of todays most popular and controversial rappers. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bad Boys is a 1995 film that stars Martin Lawrence, Will Smith and Téa Leoni. ... Martin Lawrence Martin Lawrence (born April 16, 1965) is an American actor, comedian, director and producer. ... Will Smith in the 2005 romantic comedy Hitch. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Years after his death, Tupac Shakur is still considered one of the most influential hip hop artists of all time. ...


On August 28, 2005, at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards, Biggie was paid tribute to by host Diddy, and Snoop Dogg. The setup had an orchestra playing while the lyrics from "Juicy" and "Warning" played on the arena speakers. It was a well-received tribute for that evening. In September 2005, VH1 had its second annual hip hop honors, with a tribute to Biggie headlining the show. The long awaited The Notorious B.I.G. Duets: The Final Chapter album was released December 20, 2005. August 28 is the 240th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (241st in leap years), with 125 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The MTV Video Music Awards were established in 1984 by MTV to celebrate the top music videos of the year. ... Diddy Kong is a talking monkey in the Donkey Kong series of video games. ... Snoop Dogg Snoop Dogg (born Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr. ... Look up September in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... December 20 is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Fans will still have one last chance to hear unreleased Biggie material, as he will be featured on Busta Rhymes' highly anticipated Aftermath debut, "The Big Bang". Busta Rhymes Busta Rhymes (born Trevor Tahiem Smith Jr, on 20 May 1972 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American hip hop musician and actor, and brother of Brodie Edwards, known as Busta Rhymes the 2nd. ...


Legacy

Big was notorized early in his career mostly for his lyrical content, which included hardcore gangsta-rap lyrics at a time when that style dominated the West Coast, and most of his native New York was dominated by the jazziness of A Tribe Called Quest and Gang Starr and the blend of Five Percenter/far East-influenced stylings of MCs like Afu Ra, Jeru the Damaja and the Wu-Tang Clan. A Tribe Called Quest were an influential rap group of the 1990s, originally formed in Queens, New York City in 1988. ... // Biography Gang Starr is an influential American hip-hop duo, composed of Guru (Backronym for Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal, real name Keith Elam) hailing from Boston, Massachusetts and DJ Premier (real name Chris Martin) hailing from Houston, Texas. ... ... Jeru The Damaja (born Kendrick Jeru Davis) is hip hop rapper from Brooklyn, New York. ... Wu-Tang Clan is a pioneering hip hop group, originally from Staten Island, New York, USA (Staten Island is referred to as Shaolin in their lyrics). ...


His tales of street exploits (selling crack, robbing, shootouts, etc.) coupled with witty expressions permeated his first album and the freestyle appearances he made on radio stations, but his reputation for rawness didn't detract from his diversity. On Juicy he opens up and reminisces about his early life, and Me & My Bitch sees him expressing his deep feelings for his female companion, while songs like Big Poppa and One More Chance are a flawless switch to odes to the opposite sex. To top it all off, his flow (or ability to place words squarely and melodically on the tapping and thumping of the beat) was always immaculate.


He was also respected for his storytelling ability, which was not fully realized until his second album. During his hiatus he had developed his wordplay and structure, honing the technical side to his verses. Kick in the Door saw him moving flawlessly from an "A-A-B-B" rhyme structure to "C-C-D-D", all while sprinkling his bars with clever turns of phrase, metaphors and punchlines, on top of a perfect flow. It is because of this versatility that Notorious B.I.G. is perhaps the greatest rapper of all time.


The legendary 1995 free-style event with TuPac among others solidified his dominance as can be seen below:


[Kane] Where's 2Pac and Biggie Smalls??

  • crowd goes nuts*

[Scoob] Yeah, ahhhhhhhhhhhh-ight? (Yeah!) [Scoob] Keep it goin! [Kane] Mister Cee.. Yo Scoob, you set it off and let's get down for the crown [Scoob] Let the place.. rock.. that ill shit [Big] One two.. one two.. one two.. [Scoob] Brooklyn.. JFK, all my niggaz, Richie, Matt Ready to get wreck, ahhhhhhhh-iight? UHHH! AWWWWWWWWWWWW SHIT! [Kane] Go Scoob!


[Scoob] Check it, check it, check it, check it This here for the motherfuckin record Here we here we here we go, here we here we go Can I can I can I kick a motherfuckin flow chitty chitty bang bang, I chitty bang bang Motherfuckin niggaz can't hang Well oh no, look at the cloud, it's gonna rain But I don't give a fuck I'm lettin niggaz know they can't hang Don't give me no lip, don't give me no backtalk, yeah break North Don't make me get my gun and blow YOUR MOTHERFUCKIN HEAD OFF Once again, niggaz know my style, GOD DAMMIT unless it's on the cut so give me the mic and watch me slam it Hard like Shaquille, OH you better KNEEL When you see me comin, BIG SCOOB GOT EM RUNNIN Sex when I flex I catch wreck on the world tour with dough in my pockets big like the biscuits, in CB4 Set up a contest, I'm comin, I'm takin the dough They wouldn't pick you even if you had a afro So dont try me, you better walk by me I'll do you like the first part in Menace II Society Like Cypress Hill, yo, I'm INSANE I'll shoot a hole in your toe I'll make you jump like the House of Pain Bang biggy bang biggy bang bang Niggaz can't hang, niggaz can't hang Bang biggy bang biggy bang bang, motherfuckin niggaz can't hang..


[Kane] Biggie Smalls, why don't you come do it?


[Notorious B.I.G.] One two, one two, gonna do it like this WHERE BROOKLYN AT, WHERE BROOKLYN AT WHERE BROOKLYN AT, WHERE BROOKLYN AT We gonna do it like this Anytime you're ready, check it


I got seven Mack 11's, about eight 38's Nine 9's, ten mack tens, the shits never ends You can't touch my riches Even if you had MC Hammer and them 357 bitches Biggie Smalls; the millionare, the mansion, the yacht The two weed spots, the two hot glocks That's how I got the weed spot I shot dread in the head, took the bread and the lamb spread Little Gotti got the shotty to your body So don't resist, or you might miss Christmas I tote guns, I make number runs I give mc's the runs drippin when I throw my clip in the AK, I slay from far away Everybody hit the D-E-C-K My slow flow's remarkable, peace to Matteo Now we smoke weed like Tony Montana sniffed the yeyo That's crazy blunts, mad L's My voice excels from the avenue to jail cells Oh my God, I'm droppin shit like a pigeon I hope you're listenin, smackin babies at they christening


[Tupac] Motherfuckin Biggie Smalls! [Kane] What you gonna do with it Tupac?


[Tupac] Yeah where the motherfuckin thugs at? Throw your motherfuckin middle finger We gonna do this shit like this I thank the Lord for my many blessings, never stressin Keep a vest for protection, from the barrel of a Smith & Wesson And all my niggaz in the pen, here we go again Ain't nuttin separatin us from a mack-10 Born in the ghetto as a hustler, told ya A straight soldier, buckin at the bustaz No matter how you try, niggaz never die We just retaliate with hate, then we multiply You see me strikin down the block, hittin corners Mobbin like a motherfucker, livin like I - wanna And ain't no stoppin at the red lights, I'm sideways Thug Life motherfucker crime, pays! Let the cops put they lights on, chase me nigga Zig zaggin through the freeway, race me nigga In a high speed chase with the law The realest motherfucker that you ever saw


[Kane] Yeah! Come in now man Now I wanna see what my man Shyheim gonna do with it


[Shyheim] Yo, this goes out to everybody from Staten Island {*ah Mister Cee, and you don't stop*} Yo, times is gettin hard, word is bond, I swear to God I even got caught tryin to steal from the junkyard A born terror, a rebel without a pause I never had a good Christmas, so who is Santa Claus? I walk the streets at night with my head down In this lil town you see clowns that wanna be down So they get a glock and lick shots to get props And when shit rocks all you can hear when the shells drop An old man got shot in the parkin lot In front of my buildin I hang with his grandchildren And for the nigga that pulled the trigga then tried to slide and hide, but he got knocked by the homicide And this happens everyday around my way So I pray that I can live another day


[Kane] This how we gonna do it, hold up Cee, aiyyo, let's try this [Shy] Staten Island in the motherfuckin house Whassup Wu-Tang Clan in here or what?


[Kane] Hold up Cee..


Now what's the bullshit niggaz been saying Dont try to act like Martin now with that "I was just playin!" No need to grieve now on, now that the beef is on Uhh!! Oh yeah motherfucker, your teeth is gone Just cause you rap don't meant that you're catchin wreck with me Step to this I'll give your mic a vasectomy I only know one nigga that can come next to me No, that's a tattle, cause I can't count my own shadow A battle, I gots to have it, 'lest you're gonna rob me like they did, Whittaker when he fought Chavez Cause when it comes to goin against Kane rappin That's like a pimp trying to pull a nun, ain't nuttin happenin Non resistable, non compatible I'm not saying I'm the best, I'm just saying I'm fuckin incredible And let's just get one more thing understood If I fart on a record, trust me nigga, that shit gon' sound good [end of transcript of event]



Biggie's lyrics have been sampled by many of today's rappers, such as Jay-Z, Fat Joe, 50 Cent, Fabolous, Foxy Brown and Busta Rhymes. In 2001, hip hop magazine The Source crowned Biggie as the greatest MC (Master of Ceremony) of all time. In 2003, XXL Magazine asked many hip hop artists, including Nelly, 50 Cent, Memphis Bleek, Jadakiss and others, who they believed were 5 best rappers of all time, and Biggie's name appeared on more rappers' lists than any other MC. During Canibus's 1998 feud with LL Cool J, Canibus responded to LL Cool J's claim to be the greatest rapper of all time on the song Second Round K.O. by saying "the greatest rapper of all time died on March 9th.", which was the day Biggie died. Biggie's lyrics have been sampled in many songs, including Akon's "Ghetto", Jay-Z's "A Dream" and Ashanti's "Foolish". Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ... Fat Joe. ... Curtis James Jackson (born July 6, 1975), known commonly as 50 Cent, is a popular African-American rapper who rose to fame following the success of his 2003 debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin. // Early history Originally from Southside Jamaica, Queens, 50 Cent is currently one of the most... Fabolous (born John Jackson on November 18, 1979 in Brooklyn, New York) is a mixed African-American and Dominican rapper from Brooklyn who became a mainstream star after his debut single Cant Deny It from 2001 (see 2001 in music). ... Foxy Brown (born Inga Marchand on September 6, 1979 in Brooklyn, New York) is a multiracial American rapper of Trinidadian descent known for her solo work as well as numerous collaborations and a brief stint as part of hip-hop supergroup The Firm. ... Busta Rhymes Busta Rhymes (born Trevor Tahiem Smith Jr, on 20 May 1972 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American hip hop musician and actor, and brother of Brodie Edwards, known as Busta Rhymes the 2nd. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... There have been a number of things known as The Source: The Source is a 1967 novel by James A. Michener. ... Nelly (born Cornell Haynes Jr. ... Curtis James Jackson (born July 6, 1975), known commonly as 50 Cent, is a popular African-American rapper who rose to fame following the success of his 2003 debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin. // Early history Originally from Southside Jamaica, Queens, 50 Cent is currently one of the most... Memphis-(M)_aking (E)_asy (M)_oney (P)_imping (H)_oes (I)_s (S)_imple Bleek (born Malik Thuston Cox on June 23, 1978) is a New York rapper who regularly came in contact with rap legends such asThe Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z during his childhood and... Jadakiss Jadakiss (born Jason Phillips May 22, 1975 in Yonkers, New York) is a popular American rapper. ...


Movie

There is a movie in the works about the life of The Notorious B.I.G. Antoine Fuqua, the director of Training Day, will direct the film. The film is being produced by Wallace's mother, Voletta Wallace, and by his former managers, Wayne Barrow and Mark Pitts. Antoine Fuqua (born January 19, 1966 in Pittsburgh) is an African-American film director of such films as The Replacement Killers with Chow Yun Fat, Training Day with Denzel Washington, Tears of the Sun with Bruce Willis and King Arthur with Clive Owen. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Trivia

  • Biggie had the ability to write songs in his head and then freestyle them to make tracks right on the spot. Biggie used this ability especially on his debut album "Ready To Die" and was later emulated by successful artists such as Jay-Z, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Ja Rule and Common.
  • According to people close to him, Biggie had five albums worth of lyrics in his head around the time he was killed.
  • Biggie is also one of the best (yet uncredited) scouters in rap. Among the people who he discovered, or in some way helped further their rap careers, were Jay-Z, Cam'ron, Jadakiss, Styles P, Sheek Louch, Lil Kim, Mase, N.O.R.E. and Charli Baltimore
  • Biggie attended the same high school in downtown Brooklyn as Jay-Z and Busta Rhymes.
  • His album "Life After Death" is certified Diamond, meaning it sold more than 10 million copies.
  • Biggie was one of the first MCs ever to successfully bridge the gap between commercial and underground success.
  • He first signed with Uptown Records in 1993, his first recording deal.
  • His career was started when he won a mixtape contest from a local radio station with the help of Mister Cee.

Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ... Talib Kweli Talib Kweli (born Talib Kweli Greene, 1975) is a rapper from Brooklyn, New York. ... Mos Def sporting Triple 5 Soul Mos Def (born Dante Terrell Smith on December 11, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American rapper and actor. ... Ja Rule in Half Past Dead Jeffery Atkins (born February 29, 1976 in Hollis, Queens), better known as Ja Rule (Jeffery Atkins Represents Unconditional Love Exists) is a rapper with a thuggish image who made a string of popular hip hop songs in the 2000s. ... Common may refer to : A common - an area of common land The rapper, Common (aka Common Sense) Commonness, the property possessed by those who are vulgar, especially those who are working class. ... Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ... Camron Cameron Giles (born February 4, 1976), better known as Camron or Killa Cam, is a popular African-American rapper from Harlem, New York. ... Jadakiss Jadakiss (born Jason Phillips May 22, 1975 in Yonkers, New York) is a popular American rapper. ... Styles P (born David Styles on November 28, 1974 in Queens, New York) is an American rapper. ... This article might not be written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia entry. ... Lil Kim on the cover of her album Notorious Kim Kimberly Ann Jones, professionally known as Lil Kim (also called The Queen Bee, The Lieutenant, and The Queen Bitch such as the QB of all bitches) is a United States rapper who was born in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood... Ma$e, on the cover of his 2004 album Welcome Back. ... N.O.R.E. (formerly known as Noreaga, born Victor Santiago) is an American rapper and member of the hip hop group C-N-N (formerly known as Capone-N-Noreaga). N.O.R.E. stands for Niggaz On (the) Run Eatin. Half African American and half Puerto Rican, N... // Biography Charli Chuck B. More Baltimore (born Tiffany Lane on August 16, 1974 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a Grammy nominated female rapper and protege of the late Notorious B.I.G.. She was born to a German father and an African American mother but mainly rasied by her elder half...

Discography

Albums

Ready to Die is a gangsta rap album by East Coast hip hop artist Notorious B.I.G., released on September 13, 1994 (see 1994 in music). ... Bad Boy Records is an East Coast hip hop record label founded by producer/rapper Sean Diddy Combs in 1993 after his power climb from a no-pay internship to A&R executive at Uptown Records was terminated by the then CEO Andre Harrell. ... Arista Records was founded in 1975 by Clive Davis, and named after his secondary school honor society. ... Life After Death is the second album by East Coast rapper Notorious B.I.G. (Biggie Smalls), released on March 25, 1997 (see 1997 in music). ... Bad Boy Records is an East Coast hip hop record label founded by producer/rapper Sean Diddy Combs in 1993 after his power climb from a no-pay internship to A&R executive at Uptown Records was terminated by the then CEO Andre Harrell. ... Arista Records was founded in 1975 by Clive Davis, and named after his secondary school honor society. ... Born Again is the name a posthumous album by The Notorious B.I.G.. It was released on December 7, 1999. ... Bad Boy Records is an East Coast hip hop record label founded by producer/rapper Sean Diddy Combs in 1993 after his power climb from a no-pay internship to A&R executive at Uptown Records was terminated by the then CEO Andre Harrell. ... Arista Records was founded in 1975 by Clive Davis, and named after his secondary school honor society. ...

Singles

Year Title Chart Positions Album
US Hot 100 UK Singles Chart
1994 "Party And Bullshit" - - Who's The Man? (OST)
1994 "Juicy" #27 #72 Ready To Die
1995 "Big Poppa/Warning" #6 #63 Ready To Die
1995 "One More Chance" [Remix]
(Featuring Faith Evans)
#2
[3 Weeks]
#34 Ready To Die
1997 "Going Back To Cali" #26 - Life After Death
1997 "Hypnotize" #1
[3 Weeks]
#10 Life After Death
1997 "Mo Money Mo Problems"
(Featuring Puff Daddy & Mase)
#1
[2 Weeks]
#6 Life After Death
1998 "Sky's The Limit"
(Featuring 112)
#60 #35 Life After Death
1998 "Runnin'"
(Duet With 2Pac)
#81 #15 -
1999 "Dead Wrong" [Remix]
(Featuring Eminem)
#36 - Born Again
1999 "Notorious B.I.G."
(Featuring Puff Daddy & Lil' Kim)
#11 #16 Born Again
2003 "The Realist"
(Featuring 50 Cent)
#18
[Radio]
- Bad Boys 2 (OST)
2004 "Runnin' (Dying To Live)"
(Duet With 2Pac)
#19 #17 Tupac: Resurrection (OST)
2005 "Nasty Girl"
(Featuring Diddy, Nelly, Jagged Edge & Avery Storm)
#46 #1
[2 Weeks]
The Notorious B.I.G. Duets: The Final Chapter
2005 "Hold Your Head"
(Featuring Bob Marley)
- - The Notorious B.I.G. Duets: The Final Chapter

The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... See also: 1993 in music, other events of 1994, 1995 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 29 - The Supremes Mary Wilson is injured when her jeep hits a freeway median and flips over just outside of Los Angeles, California. ... See also: 1993 in music, other events of 1994, 1995 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 29 - The Supremes Mary Wilson is injured when her jeep hits a freeway median and flips over just outside of Los Angeles, California. ... Ready to Die is a gangsta rap album by East Coast hip hop artist Notorious B.I.G., released on September 13, 1994 (see 1994 in music). ... See also: 1994 in music, other events of 1995, 1996 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 18 - Jerry Garcia wrecks his rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California. ... Ready to Die is a gangsta rap album by East Coast hip hop artist Notorious B.I.G., released on September 13, 1994 (see 1994 in music). ... See also: 1994 in music, other events of 1995, 1996 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 18 - Jerry Garcia wrecks his rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California. ... Faith Renee Evans (born June 10, 1973 in Lakeland, Florida and raised in Newark, New Jersey) is an R&B singer/songwriter who rose to fame even while under her late husbands rather large shadow, hip-hop icon The Notorious B.I.G.. Evans father is Italian American; her... Ready to Die is a gangsta rap album by East Coast hip hop artist Notorious B.I.G., released on September 13, 1994 (see 1994 in music). ... See also: 1996 in music, other events of 1997, 1998 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 9 - David Bowie performs his 50th Birthday Bash concert (the day after his birthday) at Madison Square Garden, with guests Frank Black, The Foo Fighters, Sonic... Life After Death is the second album by East Coast rapper Notorious B.I.G. (Biggie Smalls), released on March 25, 1997 (see 1997 in music). ... See also: 1996 in music, other events of 1997, 1998 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 9 - David Bowie performs his 50th Birthday Bash concert (the day after his birthday) at Madison Square Garden, with guests Frank Black, The Foo Fighters, Sonic... Life After Death is the second album by East Coast rapper Notorious B.I.G. (Biggie Smalls), released on March 25, 1997 (see 1997 in music). ... See also: 1996 in music, other events of 1997, 1998 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 9 - David Bowie performs his 50th Birthday Bash concert (the day after his birthday) at Madison Square Garden, with guests Frank Black, The Foo Fighters, Sonic... Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969 aka P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, Sean Puffy Combs) is an American record producer and CEO and founder of Bad Boy Entertainment, one of the driving forces in hip hop in the mid to late 1990s. ... Ma$e, on the cover of his 2004 album Welcome Back. ... Life After Death is the second album by East Coast rapper Notorious B.I.G. (Biggie Smalls), released on March 25, 1997 (see 1997 in music). ... See also: 1997 in music, other events of 1998, 1999 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events February 15 - Sir Edward Elgars unfinished third symphony, completed by Anthony Payne is performed for the first time at the Royal Festival Hall. ... 112 (pronounced One-TWELVE) is an American R&B quartet from Atlanta, Georgia, made up of members Daron Tavaris Jones, Michael Marcel Keith (aka Mike), Quinnes Daymond Parker (aka Q), and Marvin Eugene Scandrick, III (aka Slim). They are best known for hit singles such as Anywhere and Dance With... Life After Death is the second album by East Coast rapper Notorious B.I.G. (Biggie Smalls), released on March 25, 1997 (see 1997 in music). ... See also: 1997 in music, other events of 1998, 1999 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events February 15 - Sir Edward Elgars unfinished third symphony, completed by Anthony Payne is performed for the first time at the Royal Festival Hall. ... Years after his death, Tupac Shakur is still considered one of the most influential hip hop artists of all time. ... See also: 1998 in music, 1999 in British music, other events of 1999, 2000 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 7 After eight years of marriage, Rod Stewart and supermodel wife Rachel Hunter announce their separation. ... Eminem, (born Marshall Bruce Mathers III on October 17, 1972 in Kansas City, Missouri), a Grammy and Oscar-winner, is one of todays most popular and controversial rappers. ... Born Again is the name a posthumous album by The Notorious B.I.G.. It was released on December 7, 1999. ... See also: 1998 in music, 1999 in British music, other events of 1999, 2000 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 7 After eight years of marriage, Rod Stewart and supermodel wife Rachel Hunter announce their separation. ... Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969 aka P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, Sean Puffy Combs) is an American record producer and CEO and founder of Bad Boy Entertainment, one of the driving forces in hip hop in the mid to late 1990s. ... Kimberly Denise Jones (born July 11, 1975), also known as Lil Kim and the Queen Bee, is an American rap music artist, known for her sexually explicit lyrics and the revealing outfits she wears in her public appearances and magazine layouts. ... Born Again is the name a posthumous album by The Notorious B.I.G.. It was released on December 7, 1999. ... // Events January - following an investigation by The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and London detectives, police raids in England and the Netherlands recover nearly 500 original Beatles studio tapes, recorded during the Let It Be sessions. ... Curtis James Jackson (born July 6, 1975), known commonly as 50 Cent, is a popular African-American rapper who rose to fame following the success of his 2003 debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin. // Early history Originally from Southside Jamaica, Queens, 50 Cent is currently one of the most... See also: 2004 in music (UK) other events of 2004 list of years in music 2000s in music // Events January 1 - Vienna New Years Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Vienna, conducted by Riccardo Muti January 1 - Kurt Nilsen wins World Idol January 3 - Britney Spears marries Jason... Years after his death, Tupac Shakur is still considered one of the most influential hip hop artists of all time. ... See also: 2005 in music (UK) 2005 in music (Switzerland) Other events of 2005 List of years in music 2000s in music // Events January 22 - Tsunami Relief concert held at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales - the largest live music event in the UK since the Live Aid concert of 1985. ... Nasty Girl is the title of a song by the late Notorious B.I.G. It was released on January 16th 2006 in the UK and reached #1 there (this being his first #1 in the country, just under a year after rival rapper 2Pac had also achieved his first... P. Diddy Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969 aka P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, Sean Puffy Combs) is an African-American record producer, entrepreneur, and rapper. ... Nelly (born Cornell Haynes Jr. ... Jagged Edge is an American R&B singing group that was originally signed through Jermaine Dupris SoSo Def Records to Columbia Records. ... See also: 2005 in music (UK) 2005 in music (Switzerland) Other events of 2005 List of years in music 2000s in music // Events January 22 - Tsunami Relief concert held at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales - the largest live music event in the UK since the Live Aid concert of 1985. ... Robert Nesta Marley, OM, (February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981) better known as Bob Marley, was a Jamaican singer, guitarist, songwriter and activist. ...

Featured Roles

Year Title Chart Positions Album
US Hot 100 UK Singles Chart
1995 "Can't You See"
(Total Featuring The Notorious B.I.G.)
#13 #43 Total
1996 "Only You"
(112 Featuring The Notorious B.I.G.)
#13 - 112
1997 "Stop The Gunfight"
(Trapp Featuring 2Pac & The Notorious B.I.G.)
#77 - Stop The Gunfight: Untold Stories
1997 "Be The Realist"
(Trapp Featuring 2Pac & The Notorious B.I.G.)
- - Stop The Gunfight: Untold Stories

The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... See also: 1994 in music, other events of 1995, 1996 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 18 - Jerry Garcia wrecks his rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California. ... Look up Total on Wiktionary, the free dictionary A total is a sum. ... Look up Total on Wiktionary, the free dictionary A total is a sum. ... See also: 1995 in music, other events of 1996, 1997 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 8 - Madonnas stalker, Robert Hoskins is found guilty and convicted on 5 charges of assault, stalking, and threatening to kill her. ... 112 (pronounced One-TWELVE) is an American R&B quartet from Atlanta, Georgia, made up of members Daron Tavaris Jones, Michael Marcel Keith (aka Mike), Quinnes Daymond Parker (aka Q), and Marvin Eugene Scandrick, III (aka Slim). They are best known for hit singles such as Anywhere and Dance With... 112 is the first album by the R&B group 112. ... See also: 1996 in music, other events of 1997, 1998 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 9 - David Bowie performs his 50th Birthday Bash concert (the day after his birthday) at Madison Square Garden, with guests Frank Black, The Foo Fighters, Sonic... Georg Ritter von Trapp Georg Ritter von Trapp (April 4, 1880 - May 30, 1947) headed the famous Austrian singing family memorialized in the musical The Sound of Music. ... Years after his death, Tupac Shakur is still considered one of the most influential hip hop artists of all time. ... See also: 1996 in music, other events of 1997, 1998 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 9 - David Bowie performs his 50th Birthday Bash concert (the day after his birthday) at Madison Square Garden, with guests Frank Black, The Foo Fighters, Sonic... Georg Ritter von Trapp Georg Ritter von Trapp (April 4, 1880 - May 30, 1947) headed the famous Austrian singing family memorialized in the musical The Sound of Music. ... Years after his death, Tupac Shakur is still considered one of the most influential hip hop artists of all time. ...

B-Sides

  • "Unbelievable" - ["Juicy"]
  • "Warning" - ["Big Poppa"]
  • "The What" (Featuring Method Man) - ["One More Chance" [Remix]]

Method Man Method Man (born Clifford Smith, April 1, 1971 in Hempstead, Long Island, New York) is an American rapper and member of the hip hop collective, Wu-Tang Clan. ...

See also

Bad Boy Records is an East Coast hip hop record label founded by producer and rapper Sean P. Diddy Combs in 1992. ... Sean Diddy Combs Sean Combs (born November 4, 1969) is a United States Senator and soon to be United States PresidentAmerican Record Producer and Entertainment Mogul who presides over a media empire that includes the record label Bad Boy Entertainment, the clothing lines Sean John and Sean by Sean Combs...

External links

  • N o t o r i o u s O n l i n e - B.I.G. Official website
  • Official website for the new album "Duets: The Final Chapter"
  • Notorious BIG & Bad Boy Records fan site
  • Biggie Smalls Freestylefilm clip from Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, 1989
  • "Brooklyn Noir", PopMatters column (12/2005) Eight years after his death, the Notorious B.I.G.'s evocations of the hard-knock Bed-Stuy life and reformation of East coast hip-hop still feel colossally immediate.
  • Notorious B.I.G. Lyrics
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