Twenty one years after his death, Biggie Smalls is still BIG.

On March 9, 1997, the Notorious B.I.G. (Christopher Wallace) was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. His death came just six months after 2Pac was shot to death in Las Vegas. Biggie was just 24 when he died.

5 Facts You Didn’t Know:

  • Shaquille O’Neal and Big were close friends and even collaborated on a song together. The Notorious B.I.G. was on his way to hang out with Shaq on the night of his death.
  • The Notorious B.I.G. was a huge prankster. Because of this, there “was no sleeping around Big, period.”
  • You can actually hear the Notorious B.I.G. receiving oral sex on the album “Ready to Die.”
  • He wrote many of Lil’ Kim’s lyrics, meaning recordings exist of him rapping lines such as, “got buffoons eating my pussy while I watch cartoons.”
  • The Notorious B.I.G. distributed copies of “Ready to Die” on cassette at his house, causing a line to wrap around the neighborhood.
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Music Videos:

The Notorious B.I.G. - "Hypnotize"

"Hypnotize" by The Notorious B.I.G. From The Notorious B.I.G. album "Life After Death" (1997). Download on iTunes: http://bit.ly/ABNZ1x Listen on Spotify: http://spoti.fi/HE18m6 © 2011 WMG

The Notorious B.I.G. - "Big Poppa"

"Big Poppa" by The Notorious B.I.G. From The Notorious B.I.G. album "Ready To Die" (1994). Download on iTunes: http://bit.ly/wdakiB Listen on Spotify: http://spoti.fi/HRzoVM © 2011 WMG

The Notorious B.I.G. - "Juicy" (Official Video)

"Juicy" by The Notorious B.I.G. From The Notorious B.I.G. album "Ready To Die" (1994). Download on iTunes: http://bit.ly/Havuw2 Listen on Spotify: http://spoti.fi/HGeoal © 2011 WMG

The Notorious B.I.G. - "Notorious B.I.G."

"Notorious B.I.G." by The Notorious B.I.G. ft. Lil' Kim & Puff Daddy From The Notorious B.I.G. album "Born Again" (1999). Download on iTunes: http://bit.ly/HAEG8q Listen on Spotify: http://spoti.fi/ISthUO © 2011 WMG