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How Has Life Influenced The Musical Path Of Biggie Smalls?

Christopher Wallace aka the Notorious B.I.G and Biggie Smalls. He was one of the pioneers of rap music in the 1990s. Biggie Smalls is hailed as one of the greatest rappers of all time. His life happened quite a lot of events and this greatly influenced his musical path. After the 1997 murder, Biggie Smalls passed away at the age of 24 and left behind a valuable musical legacy.

Life and musical path of Biggie Smalls

The Intense Childhood of The Notorious B.I.G

Biggie Smalls was born on May 21, 1972, in Brooklyn, New York. His parents are Jamaican. When Smalls was 2 years old, his father left the family. The mother of Biggie Smalls is Voletta. She taught preschool and did other jobs to give her son a solid education.

He attended Bishop Loughlin Memorial Roman Catholic High School before transferring to George Westinghouse Vocational and Technical Education High School. This is where his verbal skills have helped him excel in English subjects.

Biggie grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. He has witnessed and immersed himself in street life since he was a child. Entering adolescence during the cocaine epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s. Smalls started selling drugs at the age of 12. He works hard along Brooklyn’s Fulton Street. Those were activities his mother said she had never known. Seeing the hustle and bustle of life on the streets as a quick way to make money, Smalls dropped out of high school at the age of 17.

Biggie Smalls was arrested for weapons possession in 1989. He received a sentence of five years’ probation, which he violated the following year. Smalls was later charged with trafficking cocaine in North Carolina and served nine months in prison. He was arrested in 1995 for theft and aggravated assault. In 1996, he was arrested again when police found marijuana and a gun in his home. Such encounters with the law and his honesty relate to his drug dealing. This helped Smalls build a gangsta rap character based on realism.

Fate comes to Rap music and success

Interested in rap from an early age, he began performing with local rap groups including the Old Gold Brothers, where his verbal skills – both verbal and written – quickly gained popularity honored, and appreciated. By the age of 13, he was nearly 6 feet tall and massive, his physical presence earning him the childhood nickname “Big” which he would use in his acting career as Biggie Smalls, Big Poppa, and The Notorious B.I.G.

When his career flourished, Smalls’ personal life faced many difficulties

Smalls initially gained recording attention by appearing on other artists’ singles. But it was his partly-autobiographical debut album, Ready to Die (1994), that received critical acclaim and delivered the hits “Juicy,” “One More Chance” and “Big Poppa,” the latter reaching No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earning a 1996 nomination for Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance. The same year he led his protégé group Junior M.A.F.I.A. — featuring friends of Smalls’ including Lil’ Kim — to chart success. Ready to Die would be the only studio album released in his lifetime.

His first child, daughter T’yanna, was born in 1993 to his ex-girlfriend of four and a half years, Jan Jackson. Conceived while working on his first album, Smalls would dedicate Ready to Die to T’yanna. But his relationship with her mother had deteriorated to the point they split eight months after her birth.

The Notorious B.I.G and Tupac Shakur

A month before the release of her first album, Smalls was married to R&B singer Faith Evans. She’s someone he recently met at a Bad Boy photoshoot. “I married her after knowing her eight days and I was happy.

Evans soon separated from Smalls, reportedly when she discovered his affair with Lil’ Kim. He also began dating performer Charli Baltimore when the two appeared in public together. He previously avoided doing this to Lil’ Kim. Evans would eventually reconcile with Smalls and give birth to a son, Christopher “CJ” Wallace Jr.

In his music, Smalls exalts the excesses of the life of crime. It is evident in the songs “Suicide Thoughts” and “Daily Struggles”. Despite his growing success, Smalls is said to have returned to crime. He trades drugs to earn extra money after giving birth to his daughter T’yanna. Once discovered, Combs is said to have tried to get him to stop.

Biggie Smalls talks about the ups and downs of his criminal life in music

Rapper Biggie was embroiled in the East Coast-West Coast hip-hop rivalry following the success of Ready to Die. Smalls became a representative of the East Coast with Bad Boy Records. Confronting the rapper is old friend Tupac Shakur and Los Angeles-based Death Row Records is the West Coast. Both sides have taken lofty and blunt actions against the other in music releases, videos, and interviews. On September 7, 1996, Shakur was fatally shot during a shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. No perpetrators were caught. And it was rumored that Smalls was somehow implicated in the death due to an ongoing feud.

On March 9, 1997, in Los Angeles, the Soul Train party took place. Biggie Smalls left the party early in the morning to return to her hotel. While stopping at a red light, a black car pulled the vehicle that Smalls was traveling in. The rapper was shot four times with a pistol from a parallel vehicle. Rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center he was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m. The murder case remains unsolved.

Sixteen days after his death, a second album was released as planned. His two-disc album is oddly titled Life After Death. Reaching No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. It included the hit songs “Hypnotize” and “Mo Money Mo Problems”. Biggie’s music is influenced by death as well as life. His lyrics have been modeled by artists as diverse as Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Michael Jackson, Usher, and Lil Wayne.



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