It has been 16 years since New York rapper Christopher Wallace better known as Biggie Smalls, passed away in the infamous 1997 Wilshire Blvd shooting in Los Angeles. He would have been 41 years old today. On this day we should celebrate a rap legend who pioneered the hustler rap frontier.
Sean “Diddy” Combs signed Biggie Smalls to Uptown records. Once starting Bad Boy Records in 1992, Diddy brought Biggie on to the team of “bad boys for life”. His first solo album was “Ready to Die”, which was released in September of 1994 and was a success. The album gave birth to street raps like “Gimme the Loot” and pop singles like “Juicy” and “Big Poppa”. That very same year, Biggie married R&B Singer, Faith Evans.
In March of 1997, Biggie released his second album “Life After Death”, with collaborations ranging from R. Kelly to Jay-Z. Shortly after the release of this album, Biggie was shot and killed March 9, 1997 after a vehicle pulled up to his car and fired shots at the rapper. He was shot four times, but according to autopsy results, it was one bullet that tragically ended his life.
Since his death, many artists have emulated similar styles to his and he will be known as one of the greatest MC’s of his time. He has two children: his daughter, T’yanna and son, Christopher. The two were set to be featured in a newly animated TV series called House of Wallace alongside the spirit of their father, Biggie Smalls. They say it is an honor for them to be able to carry on their father’s legacy.
Although Biggie rests in peace, his music and legacy carries on forever as his music remains popular to this day.