The Notorious B.I.G.

The Notorious B.I.G.

Born May 21, 1972

Christopher George Latore Wallace, best known as The Notorious B.I.G. , was an American rapper and hip hop artist. He was also known as Biggie Smalls (after a character in the 1975 film Let's Do It Again), or Big, and as Frank White (after the main character of the 1990 film King of New York). Wallace was raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.… Read More

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1972 Birth Born in St. Mary's Hospital in Brooklyn on May 21, 1972, as the only child of Voletta Wallace, a Jamaican preschool teacher, and Selwyn George Latore, a welder and small-time Jamaican politician. … Read More


1989 17 Years Old In 1989, he was arrested on weapons charges in Brooklyn and sentenced to five years' probation.
1990 18 Years Old In 1990, he was arrested on a violation of his probation. … Read More


1992 20 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 1992, Wallace was featured in The Source Unsigned Hype column, dedicated to aspiring rappers, and made a recording off the back of this success. … Read More
…  He continued this success, to a lesser extent, on remixes with Neneh Cherry ("Buddy X") and reggae artist Super Cat ("Dolly My Baby", also featuring Combs) in 1993.
Wallace was raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. When he released his debut album Ready to Die in 1994, he became a central figure in the East Coast hip hop scene and increased New York's visibility in the genre at a time when West Coast hip hop was dominant in the mainstream. … Read More
In August 1995, Wallace's protégé group, Junior M.A.F.I.A. ("Junior Masters At Finding Intelligent Attitudes"), released their debut album Conspiracy. … Read More
On March 23, 1996, Wallace was arrested outside a Manhattan nightclub for chasing and threatening to kill two autograph seekers, smashing the windows of their taxicab and then pulling one of the fans out and punching them. … Read More
Get it? 2Pac's?" However, Wallace did not directly respond to the record during his lifetime, stating in a 1997 radio interview that it was "not his style" to respond. … Read More
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