In the world of hip hop, today is a day of loss and celebration. 14 years ago today, East Coast rapper Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls, aka Notorious B.I.G.) was murdered in Los Angeles. Today people around the world are celebrating the incredibly talented man.
Sean “P. Diddy” Combs’ tweeted just after midnight on Tuesday: “Today is #BIGGIEDAY send me all your videos, links, photos, exclusive content…ALL things BIGGIE so I can RT to the world!!” Twitter followers of his posted favorite lyrics and messages like “RIP Big Poppa.” The rapper’s 3 million followers helped make #biggieday today’s top Twitter trend.
In honor of the day, I wanted to share Notorious B.I.G.’s most famous quotes, and a little known fact about why he’s known by both Notorious B.I.G. and Biggie Smalls.
He’s most well known for saying “Uhhn”, “If You Don’t Know, Now You Know”, and “Biggie Smalls is the illest” in the rapping community. Other quotes and lyrics to his songs can be found here.
And now for a bit of trivia: He had to change his name from Biggie Smalls to The Notorious B.I.G. because another unpopular artist already went by the name Biggie Smalls.