Biggie Smalls Net Worth
Christopher George Latore Wallace popularly known as The Notorious B.I.G. was an iconic American rapper. He had an estimated $10 million in net worth at the time of his death. Biggie Smalls began his career during his teenage. The iconic American rapper was also known as, “The King of New York”, The Black Frank White”, “Big Poppa”, “Frankie Baby” and B.G. He was born and brought up in Brooklyn, New York.
He was an only son to his parents who were of Jamaican descent. Notorious dropped out of school and began dealing in illicit drugs to get by. He was caught and sentenced to jail for nine months. Notorious came out with his maiden work in 1994 dubbed, “Ready to Die”. This catapulted his fame to significant heights as far as East Coast Hip Hop was concerned. He died on March 9, 1997.
Christopher George Latore Wallace popularly known as “The Notorious B.I.G.” was born on May 21st, 1972 in Brooklyn, New York. His parents are Voletta Wallace and Selwyn George Latore of Jamaican descent. The iconic rapper grew up without his father in Clinton Hill Brooklyn.
Notorious attended Westinghouse Career and Technical High School which happened coincidentally to be the same school rappers Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes and DMX attended. He was a very brilliant student. His intelligence won him awards. He started dealing in drugs to make ends meet at a very tender age of 12. By the age of 17, he had left school and was neck-deep in the world of drugs. He was arrested in 1991 for which he spent nine months in jail.
Notorious celebrated his release from jail with a demo dubbed “Microphone Murderer” under the name “Biggie Smalls”. His demo was seminal in getting him fame and popularity such as getting listed in the Source Magazine’s Unsigned Hype column and later a deal with Sean “Puffy” Combs of Uptown Records. Combs signed a dal to feature on a Heavy D and the Boyz song. Combs got axed from Uptown Records leading him to start his own label dubbed, Bad Boy Record.
Biggie’s career got a major shot in the arm when he featured on “Real Love” by Mary J. Blige. Riding on the back of this boost to his career, the iconic rapper featured in, “Flava in Ya Ear” with LL Cool and Busta Rhymes. In 1994, Biggie released his solo album, “Ready to Die” on September 13th, 1994. Biggie formed closely knitted ties with Tupac Shakur as well as basketball player, Shaquille O’Neal. This bond between Biggie and O’Neal especially led to the song, “You Can’t Stop Reign”.
In September, 1995 Notorious B.I.G. started to record his second album shuttling between NYC, Trinidad, and Los Angeles. Biggie was arrested in March, 1996 for allegedly threatening some fans. The following year saw Biggie arrested and sentenced to 100 hours of community service for drugs and weapons possession.
The popularity of the East Coast had been given a huge boost as a result of Biggie. This sparked a feud between the two coasts. The domino of this feud led to Biggie and Tupac falling out. In September 7, 1996, Tupac was murdered being shot six times in Las Vegas. Biggie was alleged to have had a hand in the death of his one time very good friend.
Biggie had his child with his longtime sweetheart, Jan on August 8, 1993. In 1994, Biggie got married to R&B singer Faith Evans. On October 29, 1996, the couple welcomed Christopher C.J. Wallace Jr. After rumors about an affair between Tupac and Evans, Biggie got separated from Evans prior to his albeit not legally separated.
A shooting incidence that had happened six months ago with Biggie being the target following the demise of Tupac sent shivers down Biggie’s spine. Unable to exorcise the fear of Tupac’s death, Biggie would be faced with a similar fate. While leaving a Soul Train Music Awards program, Biggie got shot by an unidentified man. He was pronounced dead at the Cedars-Sinai at 1:15am. He died at the age of 24 years.
Biggie was buried on March 18th, 1997 with Queen Latifah, Busta Rhymes, and many more icons gracing his last day. Until this day, no arrest has been made in connection with his death. The rumor mill is awash with conspiracy theories.