March 9th – The Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Biggie Smalls) was murdered by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, California, on this day in 1997.
B.I.G. who was born Christopher George Latore Wallace, was in L.A. to make an appearance at The Soul Train Awards as well as shooting music videos and doing promotion for his new album ironically titled “Life After Death’ which was released fifteen days after his murder.
The album went to number one on the charts and was certified diamond in 2000, one of the few hip-hop albums to do so.
After being featured in The Source Magazine’s “Unsigned Hype” column, Wallace signed with Sean “Puffy” Combs’ Bad Boy label in 1992.
His debut album “Ready To Die” was released in 1994 and took the hip-hop world by storm.
Wallace won several music industry awards including Billboard’s Rap Artist Of The Year in 1995.
During this time Wallace married and divorced r’n’b singer Faith Evans.
Wallace’s protégé group Junior M.A.F.I.A. released a successful debut album and produced two future superstars Lil’ Kim and Lil’ Cease.
Wallace’s total records sales to date have totaled over seventeen million in the U.S. alone.