May 21st, 1972 – The Notorious B.I.G. aka Biggie Smalls aka Christopher Wallace was born! As a native New Yorker, Biggie is a quintessential part of my childhood upbringing. In almost every home video we have, Biggie is bound to play in the background at some point. In the mid 90’s everyone was wearing Coogi sweaters because they wanted to be as smooth and stylish as The Notorious B.I.G.
Unfortunately his life was cut short on March 9th, 1997 right here in Los Angeles. Though he was only on this Earth for a brief moment, his music and legacy will live on forever. I was barely three years old when he was killed, but over twenty years later I am still blasting his music. Though time will continue to pass, as a New Yorker Biggie’s music and life will always be celebrated. Below I have created a playlist of my favorite songs either by or featuring The Notorious B.I.G., comment on which one is your favorite!