Notorious BIG's albums consist of the music created by Christopher George Latore Wallace, who has sold an estimated seventeen million units in the U.S. Popularly known as “Biggie Smalls” from a character in 1975’s film “Let's Do It Again”, he has also been referred to as “Big Poppa” and “The Black Frank White”, a main character of 1990’s “King of New York".
“Ready to Die” – Released as his debut record in 1994 on Sean "Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Records, this Notorious BIG album was also the label‘s first release. Recounting Notorious BIG’s life as a young criminal, the album garnered favorable reviews with quadruple platinum sales. This was quite significant for East Coast rap, given West Coast hip hop's dominant standing.
“Life After Death” - This Notorious Big album was prophetic, in that even after his tragic death, his music and legacy continued to live on. The “Life After Death” double-disc was released just days after his murder and reached number one on U.S. album charts, subsequently certified Diamond in 2000. This distinction has only achieved by a short number of hip hop albums.
“Born Again” - Because this was produced posthumously, Biggie himself had no input other than the unfinished and unreleased material that was provided over 1993-1994. Guest rappers included P. Diddy, Junior M.A.F.I.A., Lil' Kim, Nas, Eminem, Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Mobb Deep, Redman, Too Short, Beanie Sigel, the Hot Boys and Snoop Dogg.
“Duets: The Final Chapter” – Released as a Notorious BIG album in 2005 through Bad Boy records, as a remix record, it went platinum and reached number 3, selling 438,000 copies. The third posthumous Notorious BIG album featured orchestrations from many popular rappers and singers, and also included lyrics from other pieces of Biggie’s work that was previously unreleased, along with a DVD of performance and music video footage.
- Collaboration and Compilation Albums – Also released after his death, the Notorious BIG album “Conspiracy” was a collaboration with Junior M.A.F.I.A. which was created in 1995, before his death. Compilation Notorious BIG albums include his “Greatest Hits” released in 2007 and “Notorious: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" released in 2007.
Even after Notorious BIG was murdered in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, his storytelling abilities and loose, easy style continues to resonate with both old and new fans alike. MTV has ranked him at number three on its list of “The Greatest MCs (Rappers) of All Time.”