Life and career — Early life, arrests, career beginnings and first child Wallace was born in St. Wallace grew up in Clinton Hill , on St. James Place,  near the border of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. He was nicknamed "Big" because of his overweight size by age His mother, often away at work, did not know of her son's drug dealing until Wallace was an adult. According to his mother, Wallace was still a good student, but he developed a "smart-ass" attitude at the new school.
In , he was arrested on weapons charges in Brooklyn and sentenced to five years' probation. In , he was arrested on a violation of his probation. He spent nine months in jail before making bail.
He entertained people on the streets and performed with local groups the Old Gold Brothers and the Techniques. Wallace said that if his mother had promised him what he promised his daughter, everything she wanted, Wallace would have been not only a graduate but also at the top of his class. Once Combs discovered this, he forced Wallace to quit.
Blige 's single " Real Love ". He recorded under this name for the remainder of his career, after finding the original moniker "Biggie Smalls" was already in use.
Cousin Lil' Cease recalled the pair being close, often traveling together whenever they were not active in furthering their careers. According to him, Wallace was a frequent guest at Shakur's home and they constantly spent time together when Shakur was in California or Washington, D. O'Neal, remembering his first time meeting Wallace, said they were introduced during a listening session to the song "Gimme the Loot", where Wallace mentioned him in the lyrics and thereby attracted O'Neal to his music.
Sean Combs related that Wallace would not do collaborations with "anybody he didn't really respect", adding that Wallace paid O'Neal "respect by shouting him out. The group consisted of his friends from childhood and included rappers such as Lil' Kim and Lil' Cease , who went on to have solo careers. By the end of the year, Wallace was the top-selling male solo artist and rapper on the U. In an interview with Vibe in April , while serving time in Clinton Correctional Facility , Shakur accused Uptown Records ' founder Andre Harrell , Sean Combs, and Wallace of having prior knowledge of a robbery that resulted in him being shot five times and losing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry on the night of November 30, Though Wallace and his entourage were in the same Manhattan -based recording studio at the time of the shooting, they denied the accusation.
He just, he couldn't really say who really had something to do with it at the time. So he just kinda' leaned the blame on me. More arrests, Tupac Shakur's death and second child Wallace began recording his second studio album in September The album, recorded in New York City, Trinidad , and Los Angeles, was interrupted during its 18 months of creation by injury, legal wranglings and the highly publicized hip hop dispute in which he was involved.
In mid, he was arrested at his home in Teaneck, New Jersey , for drug and weapons possession charges. Wallace referred to the first claim about his wife's pregnancy on Jay-Z's "Brooklyn's Finest" where he raps: Rumors of Wallace's involvement with Shakur's murder were reported almost immediately. The New York Times called the documents inconclusive, stating: The pages purport to be three computer printouts from Daddy's House, indicating that Wallace was in the studio recording a song called Nasty Boy on the night Shakur was shot.
But nothing indicates when the documents were created. And Louis Alfred, the recording engineer listed on the sheets, said in an interview that he remembered recording the song with Wallace in a late-night session, not during the day.
He could not recall the date of the session but said it was likely not the night Shakur was shot. We would have heard about it, Mr. Life After Death and car accident During the recording sessions for his second album, tentatively named "Life After Death Wallace chose a Chevrolet Lumina rental car as a substitute, despite Lil' Cease's objections.
The vehicle had brake problems before the accident but Wallace dismissed them. Wallace spent months in a hospital following the accident and had to complete therapy.
Despite his hospitalization, he continued to work on the album. The accident was referred to in the lyrics of "Long Kiss Goodnight": Murder of The Notorious B. Wallace traveled to California in February to promote his upcoming album and record a music video for its lead single, " Hypnotize ".
In the interview he stated that he had hired security since he feared for his safety; this was because he was a celebrity figure in general, not because he was a rapper.
Combs traveled in the other vehicle with three bodyguards. The two trucks were trailed by a Chevrolet Blazer carrying Bad Boy's director of security. PST , the streets were crowded with people leaving the event. A black Chevy Impala pulled up alongside Wallace's truck. Wallace's entourage rushed him to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center , but he was pronounced dead at 1: Campbell Funeral Chapel in Manhattan.
After the funeral, his body was cremated and the ashes were given to his family. As part of the release, they revealed a list of items Wallace had in his pockets the night he was murdered; a Georgia driver's license, a pen, 0. His Georgia state driver's license was obtained sometime during the mid s when Bad Boy had taken temporary residence in Atlanta.
Posthumous releases Sixteen days after his death, Wallace's double-disc second album was released as planned with the shortened title of Life After Death and hit No.
The record album featured a much wider range of guests and producers than its predecessor. Its lead single, " Hypnotize ", was the last music video recording in which Wallace would participate.
Both singles reached No. The most prominent single from the record album was " I'll Be Missing You ", featuring Combs, Faith Evans and , which was dedicated to Wallace's memory. At the Grammy Awards , Life After Death and its first two singles received nominations in the rap category. A song on Duets: The album consisted of previously unreleased material mixed with new guest appearances, including many artists Wallace had never collaborated with in his lifetime.
It gained some positive reviews, but received criticism for its unlikely pairings; The Source describing it as "compiling some of the most awkward collaborations of his career".
Wallace appeared on Michael Jackson's album, Invincible. Over the course of time, his vocals were heard on hit songs such as " Foolish " and "Realest Niggas" by Ashanti in , and the song " Runnin' Dying to Live " with Shakur the following year.
The Final Chapter continued the pattern started on Born Again, which was criticized for the lack of significant vocals by Wallace on some of its songs. Combs and Voletta Wallace have stated the album will be the last release primarily featuring new material.