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.

We won't go on to give you a complete bio on who Biggie is-- we're sure you already know. Instead, we're looking at some of the most memorable records from his short but impactful career. R.I.P.