20 years ago, Christopher Wallace AKA The Notorious B.I.G. AKA Biggie Smalls was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. At only 24 years old, Wallace was not only already considered one of the greatest rappers of his time, but of all time.
Wallace was famously raised in Brooklyn, New York City. After his seminal debut album Ready to Die came out in 1994, he became the leading figure in the East Coast hip-hop scene.
Wallace famously feuded with West Coast rapper and former close friend Tupac Shakur. Shakur was also shot in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, on September 7, 1996, just half a year before Biggie’s death.
Although Biggie’s sample size is small, his impact is large, and to this day he is considered one of the greatest rappers of all time.