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Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997), better known by his stage names The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie or Biggie Smalls, was an American rapper.

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. 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.

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 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.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1994 Ready to Die The Notorious B.I.G. 4 8
1997 Life After Death The Notorious B.I.G. 4.35 6
1997 Stop the Gunfight Trapp feat. 2Pac & The Notorious B.I.G. 1
1999 Born Again The Notorious B.I.G. 4 1
2005 Duets: The Final Chapter The Notorious B.I.G. 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2005 Junior M.A.F.I.A. Compilation The Notorious B.I.G. 4 1
2007 Greatest Hits Compilation The Notorious B.I.G. 1
Best of Biggie Smalls Compilation The Notorious B.I.G. 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2009 Notorious Soundtrack The Notorious B.I.G. 1

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1994 Big Poppa The Notorious B.I.G. 4
1995 One More Chance The Notorious B.I.G. 2
1997 Mo Money Mo Problems The Notorious B.I.G. 4
1997 Hypnotize The Notorious B.I.G. 2
1997 Runnin' (Dying to Live) 2Pac feat. The Notorious B.I.G. 3
2000 Notorious B.I.G. The Notorious B.I.G. 1
2006 Nasty Girl The Notorious B.I.G. 1

EP

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1993 Party and Bullshit The Notorious B.I.G. 2

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