[[caption-width-right:258:Mr. Smalls, dressed in his typically modest fashion.]]

->''"This album is dedicated to all the teachers that told me I'd never amount to nothin', to all the people that lived above the buildings that I was hustlin' in front of that called the police on me when I was just tryin' to make some money to feed my daughters, and all the niggas in the struggle, you know what I'm sayin'? ''It's all good baby baby...''"''

Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 - March 9, 1997), known by several stage names such as Biggie Smalls,[[note]]after a fictional gangster in the 1975 film ''Let's Do It Again''[[/note]] The Black Frank White,[[note]]after Creator/ChristopherWalken's character in ''Film/KingOfNewYork''[[/note]] and Big Poppa, but most prominently by The Notorious B.I.G., was an American rapper. "B.I.G." and "Biggie" were rather apt names, as he stood at 6'3'' and weighed between 300 and 380 pounds.

After a childhood of crime caught up with him, Wallace decided to focus on his other talent: Rapping, under the name Biggie Smalls. This lead to a chain of events that resulted in him teaming up with Uptown Records A&R and record producer Sean "Puffy" Combs. However, soon after signing the contract, Combs found himself fired from Uptown and started up a new label, Bad Boy Records, which Wallace quickly became a part. Later that year, Wallace gained exposure on a remix to Mary J. Blige's "Real Love". Wallace found out that his original pseudonym Biggie Smalls was already in use, so he adapted a new moniker: The Notorious B.I.G. (the letters stood for '''B'''usiness '''I'''nstead of '''G'''ame).

After more successful appearances on hit songs (and his solo track "Party and Bullshit" appearing on the ''WhosTheMan?'' soundtrack), and a marriage to singer Faith Evans just nine days after meeting her at a Bad Boy photoshoot, Wallace released his first album: ''Music/ReadyToDie''. The album was a success, reaching #13 on the Billboard 200 chart and was very well received by critics and listeners alike, to the point that it's considered one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time.

Unfortunately, Wallace became involved in the infamous West Coast/East Coast hip-hop quarrel. In 1994, Music/TupacShakur, his former friend and associate, believed that Wallace, Combs and Uptown Records founder Andre Harrell had prior knowledge of a robbery in the same recording studio that Wallace and his entourage were in at the time of the incident that resulted in Shakur being shot repeatedly and losing thousands in jewelry. While they denied the accusations, Shakur signed onto Creator/DeathRowRecords in 1995, and Bad Boy Records and Death Row, now business rivals, became involved in an intense feud. Recording of Wallace's second album began in September 1995, although the 18-month process was frequently interrupted by not only the highly publicized dispute he was tangled up in, but injury and legal trouble, stemming from charges of second-degree harassment and possession of weapons and drugs.

On September 7, 1996, Shakur was shot multiple times in Las Vegas in a drive-by shooting. Six days later, he perished due to complications from the gunshot wounds. Almost immediately fingers were pointed in Wallace's direction, which he denied, claiming that he was in New York at the time. An anti-violence hip-hop summit was held in the wake of Shakur's death.

Other than the birth of his first son, things didn't get much better from there. Wallace was involved in a car accident during the recording sessions for his second album that shattered his left leg and forced him to use a cane. And on top of that, he faced criminal assault charges and was forced to pay $41,000 after a friend of a concert promoter claimed to have been robbed and beaten up by Wallace and his entourage in May of 1995. The incident remains unsolved to this day, but all robbery charges were dropped. After this chain of events, Wallace declared that he wished to focus on "peace of mind" and his friends and family.

In 1997, Wallace traveled to California to promote his upcoming album. Unfortunately, on March 9, just fifteen days before said album was to be released, he was murdered in a drive-by shooting. The shooter remains unknown - as with the murder of Tupac, fingers have been pointed in all directions, but to this day no one really knows who did it. He was 24.

A movie about his life, ''Notorious'', was released on January 16th, 2009, starring rapper Jamal "Gravy" Woolard as the Notorious one himself. Not to be confused with [[Film/{{Notorious}} the Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name,]] not even for a minute.

!!Studio Albums:
* ''Music/ReadyToDie'' (1994)
* ''Music/LifeAfterDeath'' (1997)
!!Posthumous Albums:
* ''Born Again'' (1999)
* ''Duets: The Final Chapter'' (2005)

!!"Biggie, Biggie, Biggie, can't you see?/Sometimes your tropes just hypnotize me":

* AntiLoveSong: "Me & My Bitch" is a rap version of this.
* BatmanGambit: How Biggie escapes the predicament he gets into in "I Got A Story to Tell." He changes what the situation looks like and counts on everyone else acting the way he thinks they will.
* BettyAndVeronica: His well-publicized LoveTriangle between widow Faith Evans and Music/LilKim, whom he had known for years before marrying Evans.
* {{Biopic}}: ''Notorious'', released in 2009. The film as a whole received mixed to positive reviews, but Jamal Woolward's performance was praised by nearly all who saw it.
* BolivianArmyEnding: "Gimme The Loot" ends with the two robber protagonists engaging the police in a shootout. It's left ambiguous who won; we hear a voice (actually an Music/IceCube sample) shouting "Take that, motherfuckers!", but that could be from either side.
* BrooklynRage
* TheCommandments: "Ten Crack Commandments".
* CoolShades: He wore them from time to time, such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drxQ4FVItS0 his acceptance speech]] and several music videos.
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster: "Hypnotize"
* DeadArtistsAreBetter: He has been considered a solid contender for the greatest rapper of all time...after his death. With only two albums completed in his lifetime, to boot.
* DownerEnding: "Me and My Bitch" and "Suicidal Thoughts".
* DrivenToSuicide: "Suicidal Thoughts", a song about Biggie contemplating and finally committing suicide.
* GangstaRap: Specifically, types 2 and 4, though he sometimes ventured into type 3. ("[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzvL4O3uomg Gimme The Loot]]", anyone? No? Well, how about "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVLdM_QO3OQ Dead Wrong]]"?)
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Biggie and Puffy were best buds from day one.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Biggie was 6'4" and 300 Pounds. Lil' Kim was 4'11" and about 100 pounds.
* InnerMonologue - BIG argues with himself whether or not to rip off his own in men in the first verse of "Niggas Bleed".
-->Think about it now, that's damn near one-point-five\\
I kill 'em all I'll be set for life, Frank pay attention.\\
These motherfuckers is henchmen, renegades.\\
If you die they still get paid, extra probably.\\
Fuck a robbery, I'm the boss.\\
Promise you won't rob 'em. I promise,\\
But of course [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder you know I had my fingers crossed]]
* ListSong: "The Ten Crack Commandments". It originally included a sample of Chuck D counting to ten from the Music/PublicEnemy song "Shut 'Em Down", but Chuck, who is both UsefulNotes/StraightEdge and heavily critical of drug dealing, was so incensed at being sampled in a song about drug dealing that he sued to have it removed.
* {{Mentor|s}}: To Junior M.A.F.I.A., including Lil' Kim. Sadly, this ended with MentorOccupationalHazard.
* MightyGlacier: Describes himself as this in "Runnin' (Dying To Live):
-->Run from the police picture that, nigga I'm too fat.\\
I fuck around and catch a asthma attack.\\
That's why I bust back, it don't phase me.\\
When he drop, take his Glock, and I'm Swayze.
* MobWar
* NonAppearingTitle: "Juicy". The title makes sense when you know that the song samples "Juicy Fruit" by Mtume, but it doesn't appear anywhere in the song.
* PoliceBrutality: One of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rampart_scandal#Ties_to_the_murder_of_Notorious_B.I.G the allegations surfacing after the horrific LAPD Rampart scandal]] was that Biggie was murdered ''by cops.''
* RagsToRiches: A popular subject of his songs; "Juicy" and "Sky's The Limit" come to mind.
* [[EvilPowerVacuum Rap Power Vacuum]]: Many cynical fans feel this is how Music/JayZ rose to prominence after Biggie was killed.
* {{Sampling}}: In addition to the "Ten Crack Commandments" debacle mentioned above, ''Ready to Die'' was pulled from shelves for a short while in 2004 due to a lawsuit about it sampling "Singing in the Morning" by Music/TheOhioPlayers without permission, but the matter was resolved quickly.
* TakeThat: While he rarely brought up names, several of his tracks had listeners wondering "Did he just diss Music/{{Nas}}? Was that aimed at [[Music/TupacShakur 2Pac]]?"
** According to Nas himself on the song "We Will Survive", their relationship was more of FriendlyRivalry than out-and-out conflict. NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead may be in effect in the song, however.
** Biggie and [[Music/WuTangClan Raekwon and Ghostface Killah]] were not on the best of terms while Biggie was alive, partly because Raekwon accused ''Ready to Die'' of plagiarising the cover of Nas' ''Illmatic''. Subliminal disses were traded back and forth on songs and album interludes as a result. For example, where Raekwon rhymes "That's life, to top it all off, beef for white[[note]]While "white" here may simply refer to cocaine, Raekwon's delivery is such that "beef for white" may easily be heard as "beef with White", which, when one considers that Frank White was one of Biggie's many aliases, implies that they were in conflict[[/note]]/ Pulling bleach out, trying to throw it in my eyesight... Yo, what the fuck is on your mind?" in "Ice Water", Biggie replies with "Fuck that, why try? Throw bleach in your eye" in "Kick in the Door".
** Biggie and former labelmate Music/CraigMack had issues with each other from the get-go when they signed to Bad Boy, with Biggie going as far as to make many negative remarks about him during interviews. This led to both artists throwing subliminal disses at each other on Mack's "Flava In Ya Ear" remix:
----> '''Biggie:'''\\
I see the gimmicks, the wack lyrics,\\
the shit is depressing, pathetic, please forget it.\\
You're mad cause my style you're admiring,\\
Don't be mad, UPS is hiring.
----> '''Craig Mack:'''\\
Word up, no rap no crap you bore me,\\
Wanna grab my dick, too lazy, hold it for me.\\
...A Tec-9 when I rhyme,\\
Plus I climb, word is bond\\
[[Music/ReadyToDie Your album]] couldn't fuck with one line.
* TemptingFate: ''The names of Biggie's albums.''
* UglyGuyHotWife: [[http://eurthisnthat.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/faithevansandbiggie4ccpb0.jpg His marriage with Faith Evans.]] Not that he was ''ugly'', mind you, he just wasn't exactly the most attractive guy around.
* VillainProtagonist: "Gimme the Loot", "Dead Wrong," and "Who Shot Ya?"
-->''"And if you don't know, now you know, nigga."''