20 BIG Facts about the Notorious B.I.G

1. There's no place like home.
Biggie is from Bedstuy, Brooklyn.

2.Hip-Hop it started out in the park.
Biggie's name blew up heavy on the streets before his hits saturated Billboard Charts.


3. Rare findings
Biggies original demo tape was only sold in the Lion’s Culture in Brooklyn.

4. He changed his stage name
Notorious B.I.G., wasn't his original stage name. He went by MC Quest then Biggie Smalls. The name derived from Calvin Lockhart's character in Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier's 1975 film "Let's Do It Again." He changed his name to Notorious BIG to avoid any patent complications.

5. The Source
Diddy discovered Biggie in The Source magazine under the Unsigned Hype column.

6. Mary J Blige tracks helped boost him to stardom
Before making a solo appearance. He appeared on a 1993 remix of Mary J. Blige's single, "Real Love," and followed it up with a second Blige remix, "What's the 411?"

7. Pivotal Career Moves
His first solo single "Party and Bullshit," was released under Uptown Records. This indicates that BIG was under Uptown and made the move to Bad Boy Records.

8. Angie Martinez the legend
The beat of Biggie's 'Ten Crack Commandments,' comes from Angie Martinez's break that aired on Hot 97.

9. 4.5
Biggie’s Ready To Die received 4.5 mics from The Source magazine.  When the magazine reviewed the album 8 years later in 2002, it was changed to a 5 mic rating.

10. Michael Jackson was a fan
Biggie is one of the few hip-hop artist to ever record with Michael Jackson (1995). Six years later Michael Jackson released his tenth studio album 'Invincible' which featured a verse from B.I.G.

11. From High School to stardom
Biggie, DMX, Busta Rhymes and Jay Z are all products of Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School.

12. That baby is not Biggie!
B.I.G is not on the cover of 'Ready To Die.' The baby is Keithroy Yearwood. He made $150 for being on one of the greatest albums in Hip-Hop history.

13. Business Owner mentality
Biggie planned to open a soul food joint and he wanted to name it 'Big Poppa'

14. Awards.
He never won a Grammy.

15. Television Appearances.
Biggie made a special appearance on the fondly remembered Fox cop show, New York Undercover. He rapped “Juicy” and sat in on a fictional panel about violence in rap. He also made an appearance on Martin playing himself.

16. Walk with a limp.
Biggie walked around with a cane, due to a broken left leg he suffered in a car crash with Lil Cease.

17. BIG.
Biggie was 6’1, 395 lbs, according to the coroner’s report.

18. Irony.
'Ready to Die,' was released on September 13, 1994, and reached No. 13 on the Billboard 200 chart, eventually being certified four times Platinum.

19. Friendship.
Tupac and Biggie were not always enemies.

20. Life After Death
Big Planned To Drop 'Life After Death' On Halloween In 1996.