Biggie Smalls was shot in 1997 at age 24 and his murder is still unsolved — but the Brooklyn rapper’s legacy lives on. The Notorious B.I.G. is the subject of a number of films, documentaries and a recent TV series titled “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.” “Luke Cage” showrunner, Cheo Hodari Coker, was one of the last people to interview Biggie before his death. He adapted the interview into a book in 2003 called Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G., which became the basis for “Notorious.”
Like his west coast counterpart, Tupac Shakur, who was shot six months before, biggie spun tales and spit bars about harsh realities of life on the streets in ways that were complex, nuanced, and tightly-crafted, making him the icon and trailblazer he remains today.
On March 9, the anniversary of his death, fans showed their continued love for Notorious B.I.G and his noted verses.
@mattpatterson_ tweeted, “S/O to the best ever… regardless of where you’re from or what generation you came up in… #RIPBIG.”
@drewhughees tweeted, “One of the only times you’ll see a pic of him smiling. Amazing soul, powerful lyrics Rest in Peace BIG #RIPBIG.”