Artist Spotlight: The Notorious B.I.G

Ray Herd, Writer

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The Notorious B.I.G, known by his nickname of Biggie Smalls, or by his real name of Christopher George Latore Wallace, was one of the best known rappers from the Brooklyn area, and one of the best rappers during the end of the 2oth Century. While only releasing two albums, before his untimely assassination, he had one of the best rap careers in history.

Wallace was involved with crime at a young age. He got involved with gangs and drugs, which he started dealing at age 12. He dropped out of school t 17 to pursue his life in crime. He was arrested a few more times and it looked like the life of Notorious B.I.G was not going to pick up.

After his latest release of prison, Wallace made a mixtape which he recorded onto a cassette tape. He made the mixtape as a joke and never had any intentions of becoming famous. Word got around and people showed people the mixtape, and a head of a famous magazine got into contact with Wallace. Biggie was featured on a few songs before releasing his first album Ready to Die in September of 1994. The album was certified four times platinum and produced hit singles such as “Big Poppa” and “Juicy.”

In February of 1997, while Biggie was promoting his second album Life After Death, Biggie was a victim of a drive-by shooting and passed away. The album was released two weeks after his death, and reached the status of platinum.

Now, for his songs. Biggie Smalls has so many great songs. I can recommend you listen to a few: “Juicy,” “Everyday Struggle,” “Big Poppa,” “Hypnotize,” and “Notorious Thugs.”

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