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Biggie’s Life in Photos: Honoring the 50th birthday of the Notorious B.I.G.

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Biggie Smalls, named Christopher Wallace, was born on May 21, 1972 in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York.

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Biggie Smalls, Tupac Shakur and Redman pose for a photo at Club Amazon on July 23, 1993 in New York, New York.

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Notorious B.I.G. energizes the crowd with a freestyle during his performance at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago in September 1994, the same year he dropped his debut album Ready to Die.

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Biggie Smalls and Craig Mack pose for a picture in Philadelphia on January 1, 1994. Biggie Smalls would end up featuring on Craig Mack's (left) "Flava in Ya Ear (Remix)" -- a single that stood out as one of Biggie's greatest guest appearances.

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Biggie poses for a photo, as he holds his daughter T'yanna Wallace.

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Biggie Smalls and Sean 'Puffy' Combs perform at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago in April 1995. Biggie Smalls was discovered by P. Diddy in 1992, as he would help the rapper get recognition from A&R and Uptown Records.

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Biggie Smalls attends the 1995 Billboard Music Awards, where the rapper received a Billboard Music Award on December 6, 1995 in New York City, New York.

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Biggie Smalls and Faith Evans are shown together in Biggie Smalls' Netlifx documentary "I Got a Story to Tell."

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Biggie Smalls kisses his mother, Voletta Wallace, on the cheek in a music video.

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Notorious B.I.G. aka Biggie Smalls mean mugs the camera, as he's photographed in the offices of Arista Records in New York City in 1995.

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Biggie Smalls performs at the second annual Summer Jam on August 11, 1995 in Mountain View, California -- as it listed as one of the most unforgettable Summer Jam performances in history.

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Biggie Smalls and Faith Evans are spotted next to each other, as Biggie poses for the photo.

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Biggie Smalls and P. Diddy attend the 11th annual Soul Train Music Awards on March 7, 1997, the same year they released their hit record "Hypnotize" that became Biggie's first single to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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Biggie Smalls and Lil Kim attend Sean 'Puffy' Combs birthday party at the Club N V in Los Angeles. Biggie Smalls was known for ghost-writing for other artists, as he wrote Lil Kim's hit "Queen B*tch".

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Biggie Small's fans, family and friends flooded the streets of Brooklyn after the rapper's funeral service on March 18, 1997, following his death on March 9, 1997.

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Police, neighbors, and fans wait and watch as the funeral caravan for rap artist Biggie Smalls passes through the Brooklyn neighborhood of Clinton Hill.

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A mural painted in honor of Biggie Smalls is spotted near the corner of Bedford Street and Quincy Street, in Brooklyn, New York.