Today marks the 12th year anniversary of Christopher “Frank White” Wallace’s death. Wallace, best known as Biggie, Biggie Smalls, BIG, Notorious B.I.G, released his debut album in 1994, Ready To Die. He was a central figure in the East Coast hip-hop scene and increased New York’s visibility at a time when hip hop was mostly dominated by West Coast artists.
On March 9, 1997, Wallace was killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. His double-disc set Life After Death, released fifteen days later, hit #1 on the U.S. album charts and was certified Diamond in 2000. Wallace was noted for his “loose, easy flow”,dark semi-autobiographical lyrics and storytelling abilities. Since his death, a further three albums have been released. MTV ranked him at #3 on their list of The Greatest MCs of All Time.[Because of his success and influence on music, he has become a cultural icon.
In Memory of Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997)
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