The Notorious B.I.G

Quick Facts

Full NameChristopher George Latore Wallace
Stage NamesThe Notorious B.I.G., Biggie Smalls, Biggie, Frank White, Big, Big Poppa, MC CWest
Birth DateMay 21, 1972
Birth PlaceBrooklyn, New York City, U.S.
Death DateMarch 9, 1997
Net Worth$10 million
Death PlaceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of DeathDrive-by homicide (gunshot wound)
OccupationsRapper, Songwriter, Record Producer
Years Active1992–1997
SpouseFaith Evans (m. 1994; sep. 1996)
PartnerCharli Baltimore (1995–1997)
Children2, including C. J. Wallace
GenresEast Coast Hip Hop, Gangsta Rap
Record LabelsBad Boy, Arista, Uptown
Associated ActsThe Commission, Junior M.A.F.I.A.
Debut AlbumReady to Die (1994)
Hit Singles“Juicy”, “Big Poppa”, “One More Chance”, “Hypnotize”, “Mo Money Mo Problems”
Major AwardsRap Artist of the Year (1995 Billboard Music Awards)
Posthumous ReleasesLife After Death, two additional posthumous albums
Sales CertificationsOver 28 million copies in the U.S., including 21 million albums
LegacyWidely considered one of the greatest rappers of all time, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2020)
Notable RecognitionsGreatest rapper of all time by Rolling Stone and Billboard, No. 3 on MTV’s Greatest MCs of All Time list

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