Also known as Biggie Smalls, he rose to fame as an East Coast hip hop icon and won a Billboard Music Award for Rap Artist of the Year in 1995.
He began selling drugs at age twelve, and dropped out of school for a life of crime. He was later arrested for selling crack cocaine and for for unlawful possession of weapons.
His album, Life After Death, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. He was gunned down in L.A. in 1997, and despite much publicity, his murder became a cold case.
He married Faith Evans on August 4, 1994 and they had two children together.
Like Jay-Z, he wrote his rap songs in his mind rather than writing them on paper.
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