Notorious B.I.G. – The American Rap Legend of the 90s

In view of the new documentary on the famous New York artist, to be released on March 1 on Netflix, entitled I Got a Story to Tell, let’s retrace together some stages of Notorious B.I.G.’s troubled but at the same time, incredible life.
By the name Christopher George Latore Wallace, he was one of the most influential rappers in the history of music worldwide.
Also known as Biggie, Biggie Smalls or Frank White, he was born in Brooklyn on May 21, 1972.
Although his mother tried to protect him and keep him away from that criminal atmosphere, typical of those places, as it happens to many who are born in infamous neighbourhoods, Biggie soon fell into the circle of crime. Drug dealing and arms trafficking were commonplace for him and his group of friends.
That’s why, in the early 1990s, he was arrested and taken to prison, where he spent nine months.

Biggie Smalls

It is just in that period that something happened, finally a turning point in his life.
Some of his demos fall into the hands of Sean Combs, a record producer, also known as Puff Daddy, who got him into his new music label Bad Boys Records.
Success is around the corner. With the remix of the single Real Love by R’n’B singer Mary J. Blige, and with that of What’s the 411?, Wallace is flooded with a wave of popularity.
From now on, he’s gonna go by the name of Notorious B.I.G. On September 13, 1994, his first solo album Ready to die was released and he won the title of Rapper of the Year at the Billboard Awards.
Many hits contained within this CD, among which Juicy, Big Poppa and One More Chance.

Notorious B.I.G. singing

Biggie Smalls decided to create a band with some of his childhood friends, including rappers such as Lil’ Cease and Lil’ Kim: Junior M.A.F.I.A.
On august 1995, they released their debut album Conspiracy.

Junior M.A.F.I.A.

During this period, given the success that had overwhelmed Notorious and his group, Biggie, together with Tupac Shakur, became a focal point in the known feud between East and West Coast.
Although the two were friends in the past, accusations, attacks, and dissing were not lacking.
On September 7, 1996, Tupac was injured in a shooting near Notorious’ recording studio.
The undisputed West Coast rapper will die six days later, and Biggie will be accused of being involved in the murder, given the recent clashes between the two, but he was never tried for it.

Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur
Biggie and Tupac

At the beginning of 1997, his new album Life After Death was released, finding a remarkable success.
A few days before the scheduled date for the recording of a new single, 9 March, Biggie, after attending a party in Hollywood, was killed by 4 gunshots.
With him goes a piece of music history, a rap legend that will find no equal in the future.

Life After Death by Notoious B.I.G.

Still today, many fans want to take with them a memory of this great artist, as the iconic Versace Biggie Sunglasses, become a must of his style.
Not many people know that Notorious B.I.G. and Donatella Versace had a close relationship: he often attended her fashion shows, and he was one of the first to spread all over the world the Italian brand, thanks to his resounding global success.
These sunglasses irregularly shaped with a gold Medusa design on temples, are perfect for both men and women who want to give their look a touch of unique style, remembering the famous rapper.

Versace Biggie Sunglasses VE 4361 GB1/87

Take a look on our site and choose your favourite! Try them also in fluorescent versions: orange, pink, yellow and green.


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