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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. While recording his second album, Wallace was heavily involved in the growing East Coast/West Coast hip hop feud.
On March 9, 1997, Wallace was killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. His double-disc set Life After Death, released 16 days later, rose to No. 1 on the U.S. album charts and was certified Diamond in 2000, one of the few hip hop albums to receive this certification.Wallace was noted for his "loose, easy flow",dark semi-autobiographical lyrics and storytelling abilities. Two more albums have been released since his death. He has certified sales of 17 million units in the United States.
It has been 15 years since rapper Christopher Wallace, known as The Notorious B.I.G. or Biggie Smalls, was gunned down and killed in Los Angeles. Now with a newly leaked autopsy report, shockingly graphic details of the legendary rapper's unsolved murder have finally been revealed.
TMZ obtained Wallace's never-before-seen autopsy report which confirms the Notorious rapper -- standing 6-foot, 1-inch tall and weighing 395 pounds -- was shot four times while riding in the passenger's seat of a Chevy Suburban on Wilshire Boulevard on March 9, 1997. He was struck in the chest, shoulder, leg, forearm and scrotum.
According to the report, three of the gunshots were not fatal, TMZ reported. The shot to his left hip tore through his vital organs, perforating his colon, liver, heart and upper lobe of his left lung. Doctors attempted to perform an emergency thoracotomy, but Wallace was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m.
Wallace's death at just 24 years old shocked the hip-hop community. He had become a central figure in the East Coast hip-hop scene with the release of his 1994 album, "Ready to Die." He went on to collaborate with Sean "Diddy" Combs, Lil' Kim, Faith Evans and Jay-Z. The Brooklyn rapper was killed just six months after the murder of California rapper Tupac Shakur in September 1996.
The details surrounding the "Big Poppa" rapper's murder remain murky and an assailant has never been identified.
In 2011, FBI files on the case were released and revealed that investigators attempted to connect the deaths of Wallace and Shakur, according to E! News. The ammunition used to kill Wallace was a "very rare" Geco 9mm, only manufactured in Germany. The FBI also discovered the New York rapper had ties to the Genovese crime family.
In March, those closest to Biggie paid tribute to the late artist. Combs, Lil' Kim and others remembered their friend.
When asked what she would say to B.I.G. if she could speak to him today during an interview with MTV, Kim replied: "I would say he did a good job, he did a good job. He should be proud of himself. He should be very proud. He did some good things when he was here, I hope he looks at me and he's proud. He should be proud of the kids he made and how they turned out. He should just be proud of his work ... that he left here on earth."