The Notorious B.I.G.
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The Notorious B.I.G.
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.
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NASCAR At Talladega 2012: Stock Car Racing's Biggest, Baddest Track Hosts Chase Race No. 4
SB Nation- Atlanta - over 4 years
NASCAR returns to the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway, home of wild finishes, unlikely winners and - yes - the "Big One." Clint Bowyer edged former teammate Jeff Burton to win last year's Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500. "Nobody's out of it until we get through Talladega." That has been the prevailing sentiment throughout the opening stages of the Chase for the 2012 Sprint Cup - and throughout the playoff format's nine-year history. A rough start to the Chase, such as the ones experienced by Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, and regular-season point leader Greg Biffle, is not a death sentence until 500 miles around NASCAR's biggest, baddest track are complete. The pulse might be thready, but it can be resurrected if the right cards fall. It's hard to gain points, but it's plenty easy to lose them, and few venues provide an easier opportunity to throw away those valuable championship markers than Talladega. Of course, the most famous way to give up points is to get wrapped u ...
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PHOTOS: Is This The Most Beautiful Concert Venue In The World?
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When Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy performed at UC Berkeley's Greek Theatre in 2009, he told the crowd it was the most beautiful concert venue to play at in the entire world. Indeed, the air was crisp, the sound was perfect, and the circular outdoor auditorium tucked at the back of campus sizzled with energy. And this fall, Tweedy -- along with a host of other impressive artists -- has the chance to experience the Greek's splendor once more. (SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOS) The array of famous acts passing through the historic amphitheater in the coming months is nothing short of mind-boggling. Los Angeles-based collective Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros opens the season this Friday, followed by psychedelic rock legends My Morning Jacket. Wilco plays for not one but two nights in a row, and in October, living luminary Bob Dylan himself will grace the stage. Designed to mirror the Greek theater of Epidaurus and financed by newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst, the more ...
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NP Middle School Students to Perform in Two 'Fractured Fairy Tales'
New Providence Patch - almost 5 years
The New Providence Recreation Department's Middle School Theater Workshop will perform the comedy "Not So Grimm Tales" and the musical comedy "The Big Bad Musical" on Saturday, May 5 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 6 at 3 p.m. at the New Providence Municipal Stage. "Not So Grimm Tales" is a hilarious tongue-in-cheek retelling of classic Grimm fairy tales.  A working mother notices her daughter has picked up some not-so-great lessons from the fairy tales she’s been reading, so she sits her down and tells her new, more modern and empowering versions of some of the classics.  In "The Big Bad Musical," the notorious Big Bad Wolf is being slapped with a class-action lawsuit by storybooks characters who want to get even:  Little Red Riding Hood, her Grandmother, the Three Little Pigs and the Shepherd in charge of the Boy Who Cried Wolf.  And the two greatest legal minds in the Enchanted Forest — the Evil Stepmother and the Fairy Godmother — clash in a trial that will be remembered forever a ...
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I know we'd rather talk about football, but...As the Big 12 Turns is back - Kansas City Star
Google News - over 5 years
MU football coach Gary Pinkel grumbled a bit Friday about how the Big 12 is the only conference that has to deal with this kind of stuff and suddenly the let's-add-a-member-like-BYU-and-move-on talk is on hold. Late Friday night, word came out of Texas
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Across the Big Sky - Great Falls Tribune
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HELENA — The Montana Highway Patrol said a pickup struck the back of a tanker truck on US Highway 2 in Evergreen, killing the 25-year-old Hungry Horseman driving the pickup. The patrol said the tanker truck was stopped in the middle turn lane
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Little Red Rider and the Big Bad Wolf Hunt - Huffington Post
Google News - over 5 years
Something to brag about to your friends, to tell your kids the story of how you gunned down the big, bad wolf. But who's really big and bad here? Who are the real villains and heroes in this new century? When our forests and wildlife are shrinking as
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LEADING OFF; Jim Thome Hits No. 600 - Leading Off
NYTimes - over 5 years
Chances are you didn’t see much more than a highlight of Jim Thome hitting his 600th home run Monday night. And until then, you might not have even been aware he was close to becoming the eighth player to reach that milestone. And even now, you might need to be reminded he plays for the Minnesota Twins. His monumental achievement received
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Florida Again Found Most Dangerous Place for Pedestrians
NYTimes - over 5 years
ORLANDO, Fla. — As any pedestrian in Florida knows, walking in this car-obsessed state can be as tranquil as golfing in a lightning storm. Sidewalks are viewed as perks, not necessities. Crosswalks are disliked and dishonored. And many drivers maniacally speed up when they see someone crossing the street. Then there are the long, ever
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Beyond the Genome, Cancer’s Secrets Come Into Sharper Focus
NYTimes - over 5 years
For the last decade cancer research has been guided by a common vision of how a single cell, outcompeting its neighbors, evolves into a malignant tumor. Through a series of random mutations, genes that encourage cellular division are pushed into overdrive, while genes that normally send growth-restraining signals are taken offline. With the
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    TWENTIES
  • 1997
    Age 24
    On March 9, 1997, Wallace was killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details His double-disc album Life After Death, released 16 days later, rose to No. 1 on the U.S. album charts and was certified Diamond in 2000, one of the few hip hop albums to receive this certification. Wallace was noted for his "loose, easy flow", dark semi-autobiographical lyrics and storytelling abilities. Two more albums have been released since his death. He has certified sales of 17 million units in the United States.
    In mid-1997, Combs released his debut album, No Way Out, which featured Wallace on five songs, notably on the third single "Victory".
    More Details Hide Details The most prominent single from the record album was "I'll Be Missing You", featuring Combs, Faith Evans and 112, which was dedicated to Wallace's memory. At the 1998 Grammy Awards, Life After Death and its first two singles received nominations in the rap category. The album award was won by Combs' No Way Out and "I'll Be Missing You" won the award in the category of Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group in which "Mo Money Mo Problems" was nominated. Wallace had founded a hip hop supergroup called The Commission, which consisted of Jay-Z, Lil' Cease, Combs, Charli Baltimore and himself. The Commission was mentioned by Wallace in the lyrics of "What's Beef" on Life After Death and "Victory" from No Way Out but never completed an album. A song on Duets: The Final Chapter titled "Whatchu Want (The Commission)" featuring Jay-Z was based on the group.
    Wallace was named Artist of the Year and "Hypnotize" Single of the Year by Spin magazine in December 1997.
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    On March 7, he presented an award to Toni Braxton at the 1997 Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles and was booed by some of the audience.
    More Details Hide Details The following evening, March 8, Wallace attended an after party hosted by Vibe magazine and Qwest Records at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Other guests included Faith Evans, Aaliyah, Sean Combs, and members of the Bloods and Crips gangs. On March 9, Wallace left in a GMC Suburban SUV at 12:30 a.m. (PST). By 12:45 a.m. (PST), the streets were crowded with people leaving the event. Wallace's SUV stopped at a red light at the corner of Wilshire Blvd & South Fairfax Ave 50 yards (46 m) from the museum. A dark colored Chevrolet Impala SS pulled up alongside Wallace's SUV. The driver of the Impala, a black male dressed in a blue suit and bow tie, rolled down his window, drew a 9mm blue-steel pistol and fired at the SUV. Four bullets hit Wallace. His entourage rushed him to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where doctors performed an emergency thoracotomy, but he was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m. (PST), six months after Tupac Shakur was killed.
    Wallace traveled to Los Angeles in February 1997, to promote his upcoming second studio album and film a music video for its lead single, "Hypnotize".
    More Details Hide Details The album, Life After Death, was scheduled for release on March 25, 1997.
    In January 1997, Wallace was ordered to pay US$41,000 in damages following an incident involving a friend of a concert promoter who claimed Wallace and his entourage beat him up following a dispute in May 1995.
    More Details Hide Details He faced criminal assault charges for the incident which remains unresolved, but all robbery charges were dropped. Following the events of the previous year, Wallace spoke of a desire to focus on his "peace of mind". "My mom... my son... my daughter... my family... my friends are what matters to me now".
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Shakur was shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, on September 7, 1996, and died six days later on September 13, 1996 of complications from the gunshot wounds. Rumors of Wallace's involvement with Shakur's murder were reported almost immediately. A two-part series Chuck Philips wrote for the Los Angeles Times in 2002, "Who Killed Tupac Shakur?", based on police reports and multiple sources reported that "the shooting was carried out by a Compton gang called the Southside Crips to avenge the beating of one of its members by Shakur a few hours earlier" and that Wallace paid for the gun. His family publicly denied the report, producing documents purporting to show that the rapper was in New York and New Jersey at the time. The New York Times called the documents inconclusive, stating: The pages purport to be three computer printouts from Daddy's House, indicating that Wallace was in the studio recording a song called Nasty Boy on the night Shakur was shot. They indicate that Wallace wrote half the session, was In and out/sat around and laid down a ref, shorthand for a reference vocal, the equivalent of a first take. But nothing indicates when the documents were created. And Louis Alfred, the recording engineer listed on the sheets, said in an interview that he remembered recording the song with Wallace in a late-night session, not during the day.
  • 1996
    Age 23
    On October 29, 1996, Faith Evans gave birth to Wallace's son, Christopher "C.J." Wallace, Jr. The following month, Junior M.A.F.I.A. member Lil' Kim released her debut album, Hard Core, under Wallace's direction while the two were having a "love affair".
    More Details Hide Details Lil' Kim recalled being Wallace's "biggest fan" and her being "his pride and joy." In a 2012 interview, Lil' Kim said Wallace prevented her from doing a remix of the Jodeci single "Love U 4 Life" by locking her in a room and according to her, Wallace stated that she was not "gonna go do no song with them," likely because of the group's close affiliation with Tupac and Death Row Records. During the recording sessions for his second album, tentatively named "Life After Death... 'Til Death Do Us Part", later shortened to Life After Death, Wallace was involved in a car accident that shattered his left leg and temporarily confined him to a wheelchair. The injury forced him to use a cane. He and Lil' Cease were arrested for smoking marijuana in public and had their car repossessed. Wallace chose a Chevrolet Lumina rental SUV as a substitute, despite Lil' Cease's objections. The vehicle had brake problems before the accident but Wallace dismissed them. According to Lil' Cease, Wallace's leg was shattered when they hit a rail along with Lil's Cease's jaw. Wallace spent months in a hospital following the accident and had to complete therapy. Despite his hospitalization, he continued to work on the album. The accident was referred to in the lyrics of "Long Kiss Goodnight": "Ya still tickle me, I used to be as strong as Ripple be / Til Lil' Cease crippled me."
    In June 1996, Shakur released "Hit 'Em Up", a diss song in which he claimed to have had sex with Wallace's wife (at the time estranged) and that Wallace copied his style and image.
    More Details Hide Details Wallace referred to the first claim about his wife's pregnancy on Jay-Z's "Brooklyn's Finest" where he raps: "If Faye (Faith Evans, his wife at the time) have twins, she'd probably have two 'Pacs.
    In mid-1996, he was arrested at his home in Teaneck, New Jersey, for drug and weapons possession charges.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details He pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment and was sentenced to 100 hours of community service.
  • 1995
    Age 22
    Wallace began recording his second studio album in September 1995.
    More Details Hide Details The album, recorded in New York City, Trinidad, and Los Angeles, was interrupted during its 18 months of creation by injury, legal wranglings and the highly publicized hip hop dispute in which he was involved. During this time, he also worked with R&B/pop singer, songwriter and producer Michael Jackson for the HIStory album. Lil' Cease claimed in 2013 that Wallace denied his wishes to meet Jackson, citing that he did not "trust Michael with kids".
    Following his release from prison, Shakur signed to Death Row Records on October 15, 1995.
    More Details Hide Details Bad Boy Records and Death Row, now business rivals, became involved in an intense quarrel.
    At the Source Awards in August 1995, he was named Best New Artist (Solo), Lyricist of the Year, Live Performer of the Year, and his debut Album of the Year.
    More Details Hide Details At the Billboard Awards, he was Rap Artist of the Year. In his year of success, Wallace became involved in a rivalry between the East and West Coast hip hop scenes with Shakur, now his former friend. In an interview with Vibe in April 1995, while serving time in Clinton Correctional Facility, Shakur accused Uptown Records' founder Andre Harrell, Sean Combs, and Wallace of having prior knowledge of a robbery that resulted in him being shot five times and losing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry on the night of November 30, 1994. Though Wallace and his entourage were in the same Manhattan-based recording studio at the time of the shooting, they denied the accusation. Wallace said: "It just happened to be a coincidence that he Shakur was in the studio. He just, he couldn't really say who really had something to do with it at the time. So he just kinda' leaned the blame on me." In 2012, a man named Dexter Isaac, serving a life sentence for unrelated crimes, claimed that he attacked Shakur that night and that the robbery was orchestrated by James Rosemond aka Jimmy Henchman.
    In July 1995, he appeared on the cover of The Source with the caption "The King of New York Takes Over", a reference to his Frank White alias from the 1990 film King of New York.
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    In August 1995, Wallace's protégé group, Junior M.A.F.I.A. ("Junior Masters At Finding Intelligent Attitudes"), released their debut album Conspiracy.
    More Details Hide Details The group consisted of his friends from childhood and included rappers such as Lil' Kim and Lil' Cease, who went on to have solo careers. The record went Gold and its singles, "Player's Anthem" and "Get Money" both featuring Wallace, went Gold and Platinum. Wallace continued to work with R&B artists, collaborating with R&B groups 112 (on "Only You") and Total (on "Can't You See"), with both reaching the top 20 of the Hot 100. 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.
  • 1994
    Age 21
    Allmusic wrote that the success of Ready to Die is "mostly due to Wallace's skill as a storyteller"; in 1994, Rolling Stone described Wallace's ability in this technique as painting "a sonic picture so vibrant that you're transported right to the scene".
    More Details Hide Details On Life After Death Wallace notably demonstrated this skill on "I Got a Story to Tell", creating a story as a rap for the first half of the song and then retelling the same story "for his boys" in conversation form. Considered one of the best artists in hip hop music, Wallace was described by AllMusic as "the savior of East Coast hip-hop". The Source magazine named Wallace the greatest rapper of all time in its 150th issue in 2002. In 2003, when XXL magazine asked several hip hop artists to list their five favorite MCs, Wallace's name appeared on more rappers' lists than anyone else. In 2006, MTV ranked him at No. 3 on their list of The Greatest MCs of All Time, calling him possibly "the most skillful ever on the mic". Editors of About.com ranked him No. 4 on their list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time (1987–2007). In 2012, The Source ranked him No. 3 on their list of the Top 50 Lyrical Leaders of all time. Rolling Stone has referred to him as the "greatest rapper that ever lived". In 2015, Billboard named Wallace as the greatest rapper of all time.
    On August 4, 1994, Wallace married R&B singer Faith Evans after they met at a Bad Boy photoshoot.
    More Details Hide Details Five days later, Wallace had his first pop chart success as a solo artist with double A-side, "Juicy/Unbelievable", which reached No. 27 as the lead single to his debut album. Ready to Die was released on September 13, 1994, and reached No. 13 on the Billboard 200 chart, eventually being certified four times Platinum. The album, released at a time when West Coast hip hop was prominent in the U.S. charts, according to Rolling Stone, "almost single-handedly... shifted the focus back to East Coast rap". It immediately gained strong reviews and has received much praise in retrospect. In addition to "Juicy", the record produced two hit singles: the Platinum-selling "Big Poppa", which reached No. 1 on the U.S. rap chart, and "One More Chance" featuring Faith Evans, a loosely related remix of an album track and its best selling single.
    In July 1994, he appeared alongside LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes on a remix to label mate Craig Mack's "Flava in Ya Ear", reaching No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, Wallace led his childhood friends to chart success through his protégé group, Junior M.A.F.I.A. While recording his second album, Wallace was heavily involved in the growing East Coast - West Coast hip hop feud.
  • 1993
    Age 20
    On August 8, 1993, Wallace's longtime girlfriend gave birth to his first child, T'yanna.
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    In April 1993, his solo track, "Party and Bullshit", appeared on the Who's the Man? soundtrack.
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    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1992
    Age 19
    Wallace followed and in mid-1992, signed to Combs' new imprint label, Bad Boy Records.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details The demo tape was heard by Uptown Records A&R and record producer Sean Combs, who arranged for a meeting with Wallace. He was signed to Uptown immediately and made an appearance on label mates, Heavy D & the Boyz' "A Buncha Niggas" (from the album Blue Funk). Soon after signing his recording contract, Combs was fired from Uptown and started a new label.
  • 1990
    Age 17
    In 1990, he was arrested on a violation of his probation.
    More Details Hide Details A year later, Wallace was arrested in North Carolina for dealing crack cocaine. He spent nine months in jail before making bail. Wallace began rapping when he was a teenager. He entertained people on the streets and performed with local groups the Old Gold Brothers and the Techniques. After being released from jail, Wallace made a demo tape under the name Biggie Smalls, a reference to a character in the 1975 film Let's Do It Again as well as his stature; he stood at and weighed as much as according to differing accounts. The tape was reportedly made with no serious intent of getting a recording deal, but was promoted by New York-based DJ Mister Cee, who had previously worked with Big Daddy Kane, and was heard by the editor of The Source.
  • 1989
    Age 16
    In 1989, he was arrested on weapons charges in Brooklyn and sentenced to five years' probation.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1972
    Born
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His father left the family when Wallace was two years old, and his mother worked two jobs while raising him. Wallace grew up in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, New York on 226 St. James Place near the border of Bedford-Stuyvesant, considered at the time to be within the latter neighborhood's boundaries. At Queen of All Saints Middle School, Wallace excelled in class, winning several awards as an English student. He was nicknamed "Big" because of his overweight size by age 10. He said he started dealing drugs when he was around the age of 12. His mother, often away at work, did not know of her son's drug sales until Wallace was an adult. At his request, Wallace transferred out of Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School to attend George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School, which future rappers DMX, Jay-Z and Busta Rhymes also attended at the time. According to his mother, Wallace was still a good student, but he developed a "smart-ass" attitude at the new school. At seventeen, Wallace dropped out of school and became further involved in crime.
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