Today marks the anniversary of the murder of Christopher Wallace aka the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Notorious B.I.G.[/lastfm], who was shot to death on March 9, 1997 in Los Angeles, California. Check out some of my favorites from the Biggie archive, including his old freestyles, like one with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]2 Pac[/lastfm], music videos, like “One More Chance,” and his last interview before he died! Take a moment reminisce on one of the most unforgettable artists in rap music’s history!
“One More Chance”
Biggie began his rapping career on the street corners in Brooklyn, New York when he was a teenager, having ciphers with other local rap cats. After being released from prison for selling crack, he made a mixtape under the name Biggie Smalls, which made its way into the hands and ears of DJ Mister Cee, who had previously worked with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Big Daddy Kane[/lastfm]. The tape was also heard by the editor of “The Source,” who featured Biggie in its Unsigned Hype section.
“Mo Money, Mo Problems” (feat.[lastfm link_type="artist_info"] Mase[/lastfm] & [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]P. Diddy[/lastfm])
(“Mo Money, Mo Problems” was the second single from Biggie’s album Life After Death and was released after his murder. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in 1997 and was his second posthumous #1 single, making him the only artist in Hot 100 History to have 2 #1 singles posthumously. He is noticeably absent from the video!)
Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, who was working as an A&R for [lastfm link_type="similar_artist_radio"]Uptown Records[/lastfm], got a hold of a demo that Biggie made and signed him immediately. Diddy then put Biggie to work, having him lay a verse on [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Heavy D & the Boyz [/lastfm]‘ song “A Buncha N****s” (Click here to listen).
Not too long after Biggie signed his deal, Diddy got fired from Uptown. That’s when Diddy created [lastfm link_type="similar_artist_radio"]Bad Boy Records[/lastfm] and signed Biggie to a new deal. Biggie released a huge catalogue of hits while signed to Bad Boy. The rest is, as they say, history! Check out Biggie’s Wikipedia page for a more in-depth look into his life, career and accomplishments!