Twenty three years ago today the world of hip-hop was shaken up and changed forever, when Christopher Wallace aka the Notorious B.I.G. was tragically murdered in Los Angeles, California.
Born in 1972 in New York City, he really revolutionized the music scene during his short life.
Both his loose and easy flow and his incredible storytelling ability made him stand out above the rest.
And after being signed to Bad Boy Records in 1993, he turned these experiences into music.
His debut album Ready to Die dropped in ’94.
And it was immediately hugely successful, both critically and commercially.
Bringing New York City’s prevalence up a level during a period of West Coast domination.
The growing East Coast vs West Coast feud was central to Biggie’s musical career.
Tupac Shakur was then mysteriously murdered on September 7th, 1996.
Many rumors spread that Biggie was in some way involved in the tragedy.
When Biggie himself ended up murdered less than a year later, on March 9th, 1997.
His second album, unbelievably named Life After Death dropped just two weeks later.
And it went on to achieve enormous success, becoming one of the few hip-hop albums to be certified Diamond by the RIAA.
He’s received numerous accolades since his untimely death at the age of just twenty-four.
He’s been named as the greatest rapper of all time by both Billboard and Rolling Stone.
Earlier this year, the Notorious B.I.G. was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Many conspiracy theorists have had a field day with the bizarre nature of the drive-by shooting that took his life.
The unidentified African-American man dressed in a blue suit and bow tie, who was driving, fired 4 shots into Biggie’s car.
But the murderer has still never been identified.
Tributes sprang up for the late star, but nowhere mourned quite as much as his hometown of Brooklyn, NY.
Tributes have poured out online for the late star.
And it’s horrible to think of all the incredible music the world missed out on.
The world misses you.
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