As a young man, Christopher Wallace was a model student who won awards for his talent and commitment in high school. But it was on the streets where he felt most at home, at school his friends called him BIG but when he began his stage selling drugs and aspiring to be a rapper on the streets of Brooklyn, Christopher adopted the name Biggie Smalls. It was a nod to Calvin Lockhart’s character from the 1976 movie “Lets do it Again!
Biggie spent most of his teenage years selling drugs on the streets of New York. At age 17 he was arrested and after that decided to concentrate more on his musical aspirations, moving away from the street and recording in his mother’s basement with an unprofessional sound system. He emphasized his ability to write dark, semi-autobiographical lyrics; and his storytelling skills, which focused primarily on the world of crime and the difficulties he had to go through in his youth.
Five years later he would become a global icon, but he would not find peace. Always true to his motto that at the top you can’t trust anyone and scared after the death of his arch-enemy and another of the greatest in Hip Hop history, 2pac, who died a few months before Biggie did the same.
His paranoia and suspicions were justified when he was the victim of a gunfight outside the Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. The case was never resolved. And Biggie would die at the age of 24, leaving an unbeatable musical legacy and much grief behind him.