Born in St. Mary's Hospital. Biggie Smalls was the only child
of Voletta Wallace, a Jamaican pre-school
teacher, and George Latore, a welder and small-time Jamaican
politician. He was an American rapper. B.I.G. stands for "Business
Instead of Game".He was popularly known as Biggie
Smalls (after a character in the 1975 film Let's Do It Again) or simply
Biggie, Frank White (after the main character of the 1990 film King of
New York), and by his primary stage name The Notorious B.I.G..
Biggie Smalls was transferred out of the private Roman Catholic
school that he attended, at his request, to attend the state-funded
George Westinghouse Information Technology High School.
Jay-Z and Busta Rhymes were also students at that school.
Wallace began rapping when he was a teenager. He would entertain people
on the streets with his rapping as well as perform with local groups,
the Old Gold Brothers and the Techniques. Biggie Smalls was forwarded
to Bad Boy founder and CEO, Sean "Puffy" Combs, who was looking for
a hardcore rapper. He was blown away by the tape he heard. "I just
kept rewinding and rewinding it. I had to meet him," remembers Puffy.
Within weeks of signing Biggie,
Puff daddy put him to work, placing him on re-mixes for Mary J. Blige,
jamaican singer/dj Super cat and Neneh Cherry B.I.G. became a rap
institution New York embraced him as if he were mayor and Brooklyn
treated Biggie like an ambassador
On August 4, 1994, Wallace married singer Faith Evans nine days after they
met at a Bad Boy photoshoot. Four days later, Wallace had
his first pop chart success as a solo artist with double A-side, "Juicy/Unbelievable.
By the end of the year, Wallace was the top-selling male solo
artist and rapper on the U.S. pop and R&B charts. In July 1995, he
appeared on the cover of The Source with the caption "The King of New
York Takes Over.''In June of 1995, the single "One More Chance"
debuted at number five in the pop singles chart, tying Michael Jackson's "Scream / Childhood" as the highest-debuting single of all time.
Christopher Wallace was undoubtedly one of the greatest rappers
of all time
Wallace became involved in a rivalry between the East and West
Coast hip-hop scenes with Tupac Shakur.... Wallace also began
recording his second record album in September 1995. During
this time he was working with pop singer Michael Jackson for the
HIStory album. The only rapper to feature on michael jackson's
album multiple times.
In June 1996, Shakur released "Hit 'Em Up"; a diss song in which
he explicitly claimed to have had sex with Wallace's wife.
four months later Shakur was shot multiple times in a drive-by
shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rumors of Wallace's involvement with
Shakur's murder were reported almost immediately. Biggie Smalls Was in
fact originally good friends with Tupac Shakur. He would call Tupac,
'Duke' and Tupac would call him 'Christopher'. He impressed Shakur
for his ability to flow his rhymes right on the beat.
However when Tupac was shot five times and robbed by gang members
linked to Biggie's Bad Boy records, the two had a fatal falling out.
Early on the morning of March 9th, The Notorious B.I.G. was returning
to his hotel in Los Angeles after a Soul Train Award party when another
car pulled up aside his G.M.C. Suburban in front of the Peterson
Automobile Museum and opened four shot's past through the side door where Notorious B.I.G. was seated and left the world wide loved rapper un-conscious
and tragically dying upon arrival to a near by hospital. The below
video link tells the story show on America's famous
crime scenes follows the enactment of his passing.
Biggie's death was a vicious shock to the entire music industry
and sent shock waves around the world. The Notorious B.I.G.'s
public funeral, however, was anything but peaceful.
into his Brooklyn neighborhood to catch a glimpse of his hearse, jumping
on cars and clashing with police; ten people were arrested. A private
funeral held earlier was more cordial, with Queen Latifah and members of
Public Enemy and Naughty by Nature in attendance. The casket was open
from the waist up, and the rapper had been fitted in a double-
breasted white suit and matching hat.
Micheal Jackson feat. Biggie Smalls - This Time around
Producer talks about Biggie meeting Michael Jackson
Michael used to call people to ask them to participate on
albums. It was interesting knowing that nearly anyone on the planet
would come to the phone if it were Michael calling. Anyway, I
heard rumors that B.I.G. was going to come, and I was excited about
that! I knew that I would be the one to record that, as I had recorded
nearly all of that tune, "This Time Around".
So, Dallas and I were expecting him any minute, and pretty much
on time, Notorious strolls in. He was quite an imposing figure when
he walked in, as he was quite popular at the time. I had no idea what
to expect from him in terms of attitude, but he seemed nice when he walked
in. No problem. But almost immediately, he blurted out, "Yo, Dallas,
can I meet Mike?" To which, Dallas replied that he thought so. Biggie went
on to talk about how much this opportunity meant to him, as Michael was
his hero. Anyway, Dallas tells him that we're going to lay down the rap
first, so Biggie heads in the booth, we get some headphone levels and get
ready to start recording.
So, we hit the big red button (on a Sony 3348 machine), and away
we go. During his first take, Dallas and I looked at each other,
because it was spot on. wow. I was impressed, and so was Dallas. We
listened back, and Dallas was like, "Wow, I think we got it". As I
recall, we took another take for good measure, but I'm fairly certain
that we ended up using the first take. So, Notorious comes in, and asks
if he can meet Michael now. We sent word to the back room where Michael was working that Biggie was finished and wanted to meet him.
Michael came in. Biggie nearly broke out in tears...I could
tell how much this meant to him. Well, Michael could have this
effect on anyone, even the most hardcore rappers! Biggie was tripping
up on his words, bowing down and telling Michael how much his music
had meant to him in his life. Michael was, as always, very humble and kept smiling while Biggie just went on and on how much he loved Michael.
I watched Biggie just become this big butterball of a man, and it was
really very sweet to witness. After all, we are all just people
Michael finally asked to hear what we had done, and we popped
it up on the big speakers and let her go. Michael LOVED it and was
excited to tell Biggie that! "Oh, let's hear it again", I recall Michael
saying, and we listened again. Michael just loved it...and thanked
Biggie for coming all the way from Philadelphia. Biggie asked rather
sheepishly whether he could get a photo, and Michael agreed. A shot was
taken, we listened again, and Michael thanked Biggie. Michael said goodbye and stepped out, leaving Biggie standing there looking completely stunned
Here is another song with Notorious BIG with Michael.
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