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The Notorious B.I.G. 20th Anniversary

The Notorious B.I.G. 20th Anniversary

March 9 marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known as The Notorious B.I.G., a seismic figure in the world of hip-hop and one of the more historic musical icons of the past quarter-century.
 
With more than 17 million records sold in the U.S. alone, two of the most critically-acclaimed rap albums of all-time, countless classic singles and deep cuts, as well as influencing a number of his peers and predecessors alike, The Notorious B.I.G. is certainly Top 5 D.O.A., and one of the greatest rhymers to spit on wax, bar none. To honor the life and career of Biggie on the 20th anniversary of his death, XXL has created a special hub to reflect on it all. Check it out and make sure to throw up some ice for the nicest MC.
 

Selected Discography:  Ready to Die, Life After Death Related Artists: Diddy, Jay Z, The LOX, Junior M.A.F.I.A., Lil' Kim, Lil Cease, Ma$e
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Raymond Boyd, Getty Images
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Hear The Notorious B.I.G. and Craig Mack’s Unreleased Tim Westwood Freestyle

Vintage Biggie.

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Josh Brasted / Ron Galella, Ltd., Getty Images (2)
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Currensy on The Notorious B.I.G.: “He Was Ahead of the Game in Everything”

Curren$y speaks with XXL about the legacy and life of The Notorious B.I.G.

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Chris Walter, Getty Images
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20 Most Memorable Biggie Moments

To celebrate Biggie's life and times, XXL has compiled 20 of the most memorable moments from his lauded career.

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Bryan Bedder, Getty Images
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Biggie’s Mother Is a Seeker of Justice in Her Son’s Murder (XXL April 2006 Issue)

Biggie's mother continues to seek justice in the murder of her son. This article originally appeared in XXL magazine‘s April 2006 issue.

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Johnny Nunez / New York Daily News Archive, Getty Images (2)
Johnny Nunez / New York Daily News Archive, Getty Images (2)
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DJ Enuff Shares What Went Down on the Road With Biggie (XXL April 2004 Issue)

From city to city, state to state, whenever The Notorious B.I.G. was ready to rock the house. DJ Enuff talks about the things he saw rolling with the rap giant. This article originally appeared on XXL magazine’s April 2004 issue.

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Des Willie, Getty Images
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Lil’ Cease and More Share Rare Personal Photos of Biggie (XXL March 2012 Issue)

See rare, personal photos of the beloved Biggie Smalls, shared by his family and friends. This article originally appeared in XXL magazine's March 2012 issue.

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Adger Cowans, Getty Images
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The Notorious B.I.G. Breaks Down His Song Lyrics in Exclusive 1995 Interview (XXL April 2003 Issue)

Twenty years after his death, Biggie Smalls lives on in this interview. This article originally appeared in XXL magazine’s April 2003 issue.

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Tim Mosenfelder, Getty Images
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See Photos of The Notorious B.I.G. Over the Years

Take at look back at the life of Biggie.

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Johnny Nunez / Ron Galella, Ltd., Getty Images (2)
Johnny Nunez / Ron Galella, Ltd., Getty Images (2)
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Raekwon Calls The Notorious B.I.G. “Our Late Marvin Gaye”

Raekwon discusses the legacy and impact of The Notorious B.I.G. with XXL.

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New York Daily News Archive, Getty Images
New York Daily News Archive, Getty Images
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Faith Evans and Jan Jackson Keep Biggie’s Memory Alive for His Kids (XXL March 2012 Issue)

The mothers of Biggie's children, Jan Jackson and Faith Evans, have spent the last 20 years keeping his memory alive for T'yanna and C.J. This article originally appeared in XXL magazine’s March 2012 issue.

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