March 9th 2012 marks the 15 year anniversary of Notorious B.I.G untimely passing. Born Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997), best known as The Notorious B.I.G., He was also known as Biggie Smalls (after a character in the 1975 film Let’s Do It Again), Big Poppa, and The Black Frank White (after the main character of the 1990 film King of New York).

With only two albums of studio material  under his belt (“Life After Death,” while released posthumously, was completed before his death), the man born Christopher Wallace made himself an indelible force in the genre and helped put the East Coast sound on the map at a time when ears were glued to the gangster rap that was brewing out of the West.

15 years on and the case is still unsolved, but Hip-Hop has not forgotten. Today, Biggie Smalls is still one of the most sampled voices in the genre and remains a staple in every iPod even in today’s pop-infested Hip-Hop scene.

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