Book Review – The Murder of Biggie Smalls
The Notorious B.I.G. - Christopher Wallace, born in 1972, spent the majority of his life in the Bed-Sty neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of 12, he began selling drugs. He became a central figure in the east-coast hip-hop scene after he was discovered by Sean “Puffy” Combs, with his platinum-selling album Ready to Die in 1995. The gangster-life was brought to an end on March 9, 1997, where Biggie was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles.
Christopher Wallace was raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, Wallace grew up in neighboring Clinton Hill. Biggie also went to the private Roman Catholic Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in the same area of his home. In 1991 Biggie was arrested in North Carolina for dealing drugs. He spent nine months in the jail, until he was bailed out.
In February 1997, Wallace traveled to California to promote his upcoming album and to record a music video for the single "Hypnotize". On March 9, 1997, Biggie's rap career came to an end, Wallace was killed by an unknown male in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles.
In 1994, Biggie was accused of the shooting on former friend Tupac Shakur. His hip-hop career was focused by the struggle between Bad Boy Records and Death Row Records, which occupied most of his life. Tupac was shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas on September 7, 1996. Rumors of Biggie's involvement in Tupac's murder were showing up almost immediately.
Biggie Smalls, age 24, was pronounced dead at 1:15 A.M. On Sunday, March 1997. He was cut down in a fashion eerily similar to that of Tupac Shakur: on a crowded street during a drive-by shooting in a bold attack in front of hundreds of potential witnesses, attending an out-of-town party.
Biggie’s death shook the Hip-Hop world, and because of it, hip-hop has never been the same. Unfortunately, Biggie’s murder was not the last in the...
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