• 44 FOREVERIt's been 15 years since the greatest rapper of all time, THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G., was taken from hip-hop, but his legacy continues to loom large.
  • 48 BITE MEBig was a master with words who influenced a plethora of artists to recycle his lyrics. Here are the 100 best Biggie bites of all time.
  • 56 WATCH THE THRONEChristopher Wallace didn't just leave the hip-hop community behind when he died—the rapper was also a father of two, T'YANNA and C.J.. The pair chatted together exclusively with XXL about growing up without Big Poppa, living their own lives and what the future holds for them.
  • 62 MAKE ME PROUDThey say behind every successful man is a successful woman, but B.I. was fortunate enough to have two: FAITH EVANS and JAN JACKSON, the mothers of his seeds.
  • 66 DEDICATIONLIL' CEASE continues to ride hard for his big homie. Life may be different for the Brooklyn native, but the bond between Cease and his friend remains the same. Now it's time for him to show and prove once and for all.
  • 70 I REMEMBERPicture that with a Kodak. The Notorious One's image lives on in these never-before-seen photos provided by Big's family, friends and colleagues. Here, they recall the good times behind the flicks.
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