Mid '90s footage was released on 19th anniversary of late rapper's death
Yesterday (March 9) marked the anniversary of the death of Notorious BIG – real name Christopher Wallace – in 1997, which occurred two weeks before his second album ‘Life After Death’ was released. The double disc LP had been produced, along with début album Ready to Die, by P Diddy himself under his Puff Daddy moniker.
The music mogul and rapper dug into his archives for some unseen footage from the studio sessions around the recording of that album, including a video of ‘Biggie’ versing top ten single ‘Hypnotize’. You can view the clips below.
Wallace was murdered in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997, just over two weeks before Life After Death’s slated release date. He was shot four times whilst sat in the passenger seat of a Chevy Suburban on Wilshire Blvd. In December last year, the Los Angeles Police Department apologised after releasing his autopsy report without informing the rapper’s family.
In the years since his death, there has been speculation that the murder was an act of revenge for the death of Tupac Shakur, who was killed six months earlier in Las Vegas. His murder case has also never been solved. In 2013, the street in Brooklyn on which he grew up was named after him, despite complaints from local residents about his criminal past.
Wallace was born on May 21, 1972 and grew up in Brooklyn. He released his debut album ‘Ready To Die’ in 1994 after coming to the attention of Sean Combs, aka P Diddy, and married singer Faith Evans in 1995.