Rap Legend, Christopher Wallace, better known for his stage name Biggie Smalls, would have been 44 years old yesterday.

Wallace was born on May 21, 1972 at the St. Mary’s Hospital in the Brooklyn borough of New York. At only the age of two, Wallace’s father left, leaving him fatherless and his mother a single mother.

As Wallace grew, he begian to carry a strong affinity for rapping. He started rapping on street corners and also did small performances with other local rappers. Shortly after his being released from jail, Wallace made a demo tape titled ‘Biggie Smalls’, which took the streets by storm; the tape got promoted by DJ Mister Cee and many others. Eventually Sean Combs, who was also referred to as Puff Daddy at the time, got a hold of the tape and scheduled a meeting with Wallace.

After Puff got laid off with the Uptown label, Biggie followed along and signed under Puff’s Bad Boy Records. It was then that Biggie’s price went up, he went from featuring in songs to sitting on the top of the Billboard charts, going platinum several times and achieving other major milestones.

Along the road of his success, Biggie got involved in one of the most eventful beefs in hip-hop history which was the East Coast vs West Coast rivalry. As the tension between the East Coast and West Coast grew, so did Biggie’s and Tupac’s. On September 7th 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada Tupac Shakur was shot several times in a drive-by shooting, dying 6 days later on September 13th.

Here is Biggie’s Interview on Pac’s death… 

Months following the tragic death of Tupac, around 12:30 p.m on March 9th at a red traffic light Biggie was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting while in Los Angeles and was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m.

Instead of mourning the loss of Biggie his fans celebrated his legacy by blasting his song ‘Hypnotize’ as seen in  the video below …

Though his life was cut short being only the age of 24, Biggie will remain Hip-Hop’s most influential and legendary artist! His legacy will live on forever!