On this day in 1997, Biggie Smalls aka The Notorious B.I.G was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. To remember his life, let’s take a look at all his accomplishment.
17 million: The total number of units he sold in the United States to date.
3: The number of albums he’s released since his death (“Life After Death,” “Born Again,” and “Duets: The Final Chapter”)
1: The number of studio albums he released in his lifetime (“Ready to Die”)
2: The number of Billboard Music Awards he’s won. Both awards were won in 1995 for Rap Artist of the Year and Rap Single of the Year.
0: The number of Grammys he’s won. He was nominated once in 1996 and three times in 1998 after his death, but never took home an actual Grammy.
25: The age at which Biggie Smalls passed away.
1994: The year he released his debut album, “Ready To Die.”
2000: The year that Biggie’s album “Life After Death” went certified diamond, a feat accomplished by very few hip-hop albums.
3: The spot he landed by MTV on their list of “The Greatest MC’s (Rappers) of All Time.” He was beat only by Jay-Z and Tupac.
1994: The year in which Biggie married singer Faith Evans. They met on the set of a photo shoot for P.Diddy’s label, Bad Boy Records.
9: The number of months Biggie spent in prison when he was 19 years old for dealing crack cocaine.
5: The number that Biggie debuted at on the pop singles chart in 1995 with his single, “One More Chance.” This made him tie with Michael Jackson for the highest debuting single of all time.
3: The number of rap legends who all graduated from the same NY highschool. Biggie, Jay-Z, and Busta Rhymes all went to the same highschool in Brooklyn, the George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School.