Christopher George Latore Wallace
(May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997), best known as The Notorious B.I.G.
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.... more