Today in music history: Notorious B.I.G died 20 years ago

Today March 9th 2017 marks 20 years of the death of one of the greatest rappers ever, Notorius B.I.G.

                                         A Painting of Notorius B.I.G. Photo source: ESPN

Born Christopher Wallace, Biggy as he was fondly called was fatally shot on March 9th 1997, in a driveby shooting in Los Angeles.

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It is widely beleived that Biggy’s death was a result of his standing feud with bosom friend turned archenemy and rival Tupac Shakur.

                                                                              Biggie and Tupac during the good times.

The feud between both rappers brought about the famous East Coast – West side wars as Tupac’s native California in the west began to feud with Notorious BIG’s Brooklyn. The war wave swept through most parts of America and became a part of hiphop culture between mid and late 90’s.

Both Biggy and Tupac have had their life stories told in a biopic. ‘Notorius’ the movie was released in 2009 while Tupac’s movie ‘All eyez on me‘ is set to be released later in 2017.

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In commemoration of 20 years since the death of Biggy, ersthwhile partner Diddy has asked fans to rap their favourite Biggy verse and post on social media using the hash tag #WeMissYouBIG. This will then be turned to something special according to the Harlem native.