The Notorious B.I.G. 1995 Live In London (Dirty) by MELL STARR PRESENTS "THE TAPE CLASSICS" published on 2019-03-10T01:22:24Z Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997), known professionally as The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie Smalls, or Biggie, was an American rapper and songwriter. He is considered by many to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Born and raised in New York City, The Notorious B.I.G. became a central figure in East Coast hip hop early in his musical career, with his debut album Ready to Die (1994), increasing New York City's visibility in the genre at a time when West Coast hip hop dominated the mainstream. The album is considered by many to one of the greatest albums of all time, and has been certified multi-platinum. The following year, The Notorious B.I.G. led Junior M.A.F.I.A. to chart success, a protégé rap group composed of his childhood friends. In 1996, while recording his second album, he was heavily involved in the growing East Coast–West Coast hip hop feud, most notably against former friend Tupac Shakur. Wallace was murdered on March 9, 1997, at the age of 24, by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting. His second album, Life After Death (1997), released sixteen days later, was later certified Diamond. The Notorious B.I.G. was noted for his "loose, easy flow", dark semi-autobiographical lyrics, and storytelling, which focused on crime and hardship. Three more albums have been released since his death, and he has certified sales of over 17 million records in the United States, including 13.4 million albums.