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The Notorious B.I.G.

Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997), better known by his stage names the Notorious B.I.G., Biggie Smalls, or simply Biggie, was an American rapper and songwriter. Rooted in the New York rap scene and gangsta rap traditions, he is widely considered one of the greatest rappers of all time. Wallace became known for his distinctive laidback lyrical delivery, offsetting the lyrics' often grim content. His music was often semi-autobiographical, telling of hardship and criminality, but also of debauchery and celebration.Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York City, Wallace signed to Sean "Puffy" Combs's label Bad Boy Records as it launched in 1993, and gained exposure through features on several other artists' singles that year. His debut album Ready to Die (1994) was met with widespread critical acclaim, and included his signature songs "Juicy" and "Big Poppa". The album made him the central figure in East Coast hip hop, and restored New York's visibility at a time when the West Coast hip hop scene was dominating hip hop music. Wallace was awarded the 1995 Billboard Music Awards' Rapper of the Year. The following year, he led his protégé group Junior M.A.F.I.A., a team of himself and longtime friends, including Lil' Kim, to chart success. During 1996, while recording his second album, Wallace became ensnarled in the escalating East Coast–West Coast hip hop feud. Following Tupac Shakur's death in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in September 1996, speculations of involvement in Shakur's murder by criminal elements orbiting the Bad Boy circle circulated as a result of Wallace's public feud with Shakur.

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Greatest Hits (The Notorious B.I.G. album)

Greatest Hits is a compilation album by The Notorious B.I.G. The album was released on March 6, 2007 by Bad Boy Records and Atlantic Records, three days before the 10th anniversary of his death. The album was criticized for not containing many of the Notorious B.I.G.'s biggest hits, including: "Mo Money Mo Problems", "Going Back to Cali", "Player's Anthem" and "Sky's the Limit". It was also criticized as an unnecessary release, given the limited amount of material which the Notorious B.I.G. released in his lifetime and the inferior quality of his posthumously-published work.Greatest Hits debuted on the U.S. Billboard 200 at number one in the issue dated March 14, 2007, with 100,000 copies sold in its first week of release. As of 2019, it is the last greatest hits album to debut at the number one position on the Billboard 200. It is B.I.G's 3rd US #1 on the Billboard 200. The album sold 178,702 units in four weeks. The album has been certified Platinum by both the BPI and RIAA and has sold over 1,003,000 copies in the US to date.

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One More Chance (The Notorious B.I.G. song)

"One More Chance / Stay with Me (Remix)" is a song written and recorded by American rapper The Notorious B.I.G., featuring additional vocals sung by his wife Faith Evans and an uncredited appearance by Mary J. Blige. It was certified platinum by the RIAA on July 31, 1995 and sold 1.1 million copies.The original version of the song appears on B.I.G.'s album, Ready to Die. The remix features new lyrics, a new chorus, and a different beat than the original. There is also a "hip hop mix" that samples Marley Marl's "Droppin Science" (featuring rapper Craig G). Evans was an up-and-coming R&B artist at the time. The remix, produced by Rashad Smith, samples DeBarge's 1983 song "Stay with Me". The song peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It was the highest debuting single of all time, tying with Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson song "Scream" when it entered the Hot 100 at number 5 at the time. (This record stood until later that year, when Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone" debuted at number one.) It remained the highest debuting single for a rap song on the Hot 100 until Puff Daddy's tribute song "I'll Be Missing You" debuted at number 1. (Other hip hop artists like Lauryn Hill, Eminem and DJ Khaled would later equal this feat, with the former's "Doo Wop (That Thing)" entering in the top spot in 1998, the aforementioned with "Not Afraid" in 2010 and the latter with "I'm the One" in 2017).

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