Life After Death: The Legacy of the Notorious B.I.G.
Life After Death: The Legacy of Notorious B.I.G.
When Can-I-Bus rapped, "the greatest rapper of all time died on March 9" on 1998's "Second Round Knockout," everyone knew exactly who he meant. 16 years ago, on March 9, 1997, that four bullets ended the life of the Notorious B.I.G., a legend, an icon, a son and a father of two. True to his name, B.I.G. left an oversized mark on music, on people and on culture, that shows no signs of fading. But in noting the date of his tragic murder, people overlook a much happier day, in 1972: May 21, his birthday. Today, 41 years later, we're celebrating his life—not his death—with a piece-by-piece look at his legacy and impact today. —Alex Gale