- Full Name: Christopher George Latore Wallace
- Born: 05/21/1972 (deceased)
- Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York
- Occupation: Musician, singer/song writer, composer
- Marital Status:
Biggie Smalls Net Worth History
Recording artist Biggie Smalls who became known as The Notorious B.I.G. was an award-winning rapper, singer/songwriter, musician, and composer. He was 24 years old and recording in the music industry for a few years when his life came tragically to an end. In the short time that he was a recording artist, he accomplished a lot. In March 1992, under the name Biggie Smalls, he recorded a demo tape that was brought to Uptown Records A&R and heard by Sean Combs. Biggie Smalls was immediately signed to Uptown Records. While signed under Uptown Records, he made an appearance on Heavy D & the Boyz’ album called Blue Funk. Sean Combs was fired from Uptown Records shortly after he signed Biggie Smalls to a recording contract. Combs then started his own label called Bad Boy Records, and in mid-1992, Biggie Smalls followed Combs and was signed to Combs’ new label. In 1993, Biggie Smalls appears on two of Mary G. Blige’s singles, Real Love and What’s the 411? under the pseudonym The Notorious B.I.G. He also appeared on Neneh Cherry single Buddy X and reggae artist Super Cat single Dolly My Baby. In April 1993, his single Party And Bullshit was included on the soundtrack for the movie Who’s The Man? In July 1994 he appeared on Craig Mack’s single Flava in Ya Ear along with LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes. In September 1994, he released his debut solo album called Ready To Die which was eventually certified quadruple platinum. By the end of 1995, Biggie Smalls was the top-selling male solo artist and rapper on the U.S. pop and R&B charts. In September 1995, Biggie Smalls started recording his second studio album initially called Life After Death… ‘Til Death Do Us Part but the title was later shortened to Life After Death. During the recording of the second album Biggie Small was involved in a car accident that caused him to be hospitalized for some time, but he was still able to work on the album.
In February 1997, Biggie Smalls went to Los Angeles to do some promotion work on Life After Death because it was scheduled for release on March 25th. On March 8th, he attended the 1997 Soul Train Music Awards. After the awards presentation, he attended an after party at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. At 12:30 AM he left the after party in a GMC Suburban SUV, riding in the front passenger seat. At approximately 12:45 PM, the SUV Biggie Smalls occupied came to a stop at a stop light and another car came up beside the SUV on Biggie Small’s side. The driver of the neighboring car shot Biggie Smalls four times. He was then rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center by his entourage. Biggie Smalls was pronounced dead at 1:15 AM. Biggie Smalls’ murder remains an open case because it is still unsolved. Sixteen days after his death, Biggie Small’s second studio album Life After Death was released on schedule. The album came in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts and in 2000, it received the RIAA Diamond certification. Two more albums were released posthumously. Born Again (1999) which included previously unreleased material mixed with guest appearances by some artists Biggie Smalls had never collaborated with while he was alive. The second album is Duets: The Final Chapter (2005) which was similar to Born Again. In 2009, a biographical film about Biggie Smalls was released called Notorious. The biopic grossed more than $44,000,000 worldwide. Bad Boy Records released a soundtrack album called Notorious: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to accompany the film in January 2009. The album includes previously released hit singles of Biggie Small’s as well as rarities. It is estimated that Biggie Smalls has sold approximately 58 million albums.
About Biggie Smalls
Biggie Smalls was nominated for 11 awards and won 8 of them. They include 2 Billboard Music Awards, 1 MTV Video Music Award, 1 Soul Train Music Award and 3 Source Awards which were awarded by hip-hop magazine, The Source. Biggie Smalls is survived by his wife Faith Evans and two children Christopher Wallace Jr. and T’yanna Wallace.