Born May 21, 1972
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died March 9, 1997 (aged 24)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
A thoroughly prophetic lyricist, The Notorious B.I.G. brings chills to the spine
Born in St. Mary’s Hospital on May 21, 1972, Wallace grew up in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, New York City on 226 St. James Place. A legend in the rap world, He stood at 6 feet 3 inches tall.
Christopher Wallace was raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. He was the only child of Voletta Wallace, a preschool teacher, and George Latore, a welder and politician. His parents union broke up when wallace was only two years old and his father left the family. His mother worked two jobs while raising him. At the Queen of All Saints Middle School, Wallace excelled in class, winning several awards as an English student. He was nicknamed “Big” because of his overweight size.
Christopher Wallace then moved on to attend a Roman Catholic school and at his request, Wallace transferred out of the Roman Catholic Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School to attend the state-funded George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School, which future rappers Jay-Z and Busta Rhymes also attended at the time. According to his mother, Wallace was still a good student, but he developed a “smart-ass” attitude at the new school.
Wallace began rapping when he was a teenager. He entertained people on the streets and performed with local groups the Old Gold Brothers and the Techniques.
In March 1992, Wallace was featured in The Source’s Unsigned Hype column, dedicated to aspiring rappers, and was invited to produce a recording with other unsigned artists in a move that was reportedly uncommon at the time.
The demo tape was heard by Uptown Records A&R and record producer Sean Combs, who arranged for a meeting with Wallace. He was signed to Uptown immediately and made an appearance on label mates, Heavy D & the Boyz.’
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 . The following year Wallace led his childhood friends to chart success through his protégé group, Junior M.A.F.I.A
“Suicidal Thoughts”, produced by Lord Finesse, is the 17th and final track on the critically acclaimed Ready to Die album by The Notorious B.I.G.
A thoroughly prophetic lyricist, The Notorious B.I.G. brings chills to the spine with “Suicidal Thoughts” on every listen.
Later Wallace gained more exposure on a remix to Mary J. Blige’s single “Real Love”, under the pseudonym The Notorious B.I.G. He recorded under this name for the remainder of his career, after finding the original moniker “Biggie Smalls” was already in use.
“Real Love” peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was followed by a remix of Blige’s “What’s the 411?”. He continued on remixes with Neneh Cherry (“Buddy X”) and reggae artist Super Cat (“Dolly My Baby”, also featuring Combs) in 1993. In April 1993, his solo track, “Party and Bullshit”, appeared on the Who’s the Man? soundtrack. In July 1994, he appeared alongside LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes on a remix to label mate Craig Mack’s “Flava in Ya Ear”, reaching No. 9 on the Hot 100
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.
My favourite song from B.I.G to this day is Juicy, the melody is great and harmonic, the vibe is easy and B.I.G. brings chills to the spine.
Such a man cannot be erased from the mind. He is part of the collective consciousness of the whole hip hop nation.
The most troubling aspect of Biggie’s career is of course his death. The event is tragic, yet poetic, considering his two albums both refer to death in their title. In this regard, songs directly concerning his death have grown interesting to people around the world.
A slick intro, a tight kick pattern, and that trademark Biggie confidence combine to form a frightening portrayal of a suicidal Notorious B.I.G not sure whether the character is satirical or more true to Biggie’s inner feelings. Just like the titanic Notorious B.I.G is un-forgetable. listen to his album with frank sinatra link below