Top Biggie Songs to Commemorate His 42nd Birthday

Top Biggie Songs to Commemorate His 42nd Birthday

If Biggie was still alive today it would be his 42nd birthday. We've put together a list of some of his best songs to commemorate the birth of one of the greatest rappers that ever lived. So enjoy these tracks and jam out in celebration to the original King of New York.

Christopher George Latore Wallace, otherwise known as The Notorious B.I.G. or Biggie Smalls, was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Brooklyn on May 21, 1972. He grew up as an only child in the Clinton Hill area to his parents Voletta Wallace, a Jamaican preschool teacher, and George Latore, a welder and Jamaican politician. At age two his father left the family and his mother was left working two jobs to support her son.

Christopher was given the nickname “Big” when he was 10 due to his large stature. In school he was an exceptional student and won several awards for English. By age 12 he was selling drugs without his mother’s knowledge. At age 17 Wallace dropped out of school and had many run-ins with the law, where he was put on probation and even spent time in jail in 1991 for selling crack cocaine.

Wallace started rapping in his teens performing on the city streets and with local groups the Old Gold Brothers and the Techniques. After being released from jail he created a demo tape under the moniker “Biggie Smalls” and it grabbed the attention of record producer Sean Combs, otherwise known as Diddy, and this was the start of his illustrious career.

Biggie released one album, Ready To Die (1994),while he was alive. The next year he made an appearance on the collaboration album Conspiracy from Junior M.A.F.I.A. His second studio album, Life After Death, was released on March 25, 1997, following his death, which was on March 9, 1997. Two more albums, Born Again (1999) and Duets: The Final Chapter (2005), were released posthumously as well. A Greatest Hits compilation of Biggie’s tracks dropped in 2007. His music is also presented on Notorious, which is the soundtrack to the 2009 biopic of the same name based on his life and death.

I know there’s no real consensus on which songs were Biggie’s best (I’m sure each fan of his work would have their own list in my mind), but here’s a list of my top Biggie songs.

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