Biggie Smalls as we know it changed hip-hop in the 1990s. The Brooklyn-bred rapper popularized the gangsta rap sound and was at the forefront of the famous East Coast versus West Coast hip-hop feud with Tupac Shakur. But like Shakoor, Biggie’s life ends too soon in a tragic shooting.
The tragic death of Biggie Smalls
In the early morning hours of March 9, 1997, Biggie Smalls was shot in Los Angeles after attending a Vibe magazine party. The shooting shook the party attendees, which included R&B group Xscape.
Xscape member Tiny Harris recalled Biggie apologizing to her for calling the singers ugly in Xscape on the 1994 hit single “Just Playing (Dreams)”. “He basically apologized for saying he thought we were beautiful,” he told VladTV in 2020. “He was like, ‘I’m an ugly mother-er, and I have no business talking about anyone.
“I was just glad I got a chance to say and talk to him about anything,” Tiny concluded. “We got a chance to talk and tell him how he felt. He apologized and it was all good.”
Biggie’s age at the time of his death
Biggie’s death shook the hip-hop community across the country. Biggie became the face of East Coast hip-hop, and in the process represented countless other New York-born people.
Biggie was 24 at the time of his death, just two months shy of his 25.th Birthday. Conspiracy theories began swirling almost immediately and persist to this day. One of the most popular is that P. Diddy, who had signed Biggie to Bad Boy Records, arranged for Biggie to be killed. Biggie’s wife at the time of his death, Faith Evans, rubbished the rumors in a 2018 interview with Hollywood Unlocked.
“What I do know is that Puff would never have killed Big,” Evans said. “[He] would never get involved in the murder of his best friend; He is outside their being an artist. “
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Biggie Smalls’ Relationship With Faith Evans And Lil Kim
Biggie also leaves behind two women who loved him after his death. In 1994, the “Big Poppa” rapper married singer Faith Evans after having only known each other for eight days, and they remained together until his death three years later.
At the same time he was married to Evans, Biggie was notoriously (no pun intended) having an affair with Lil’ Kim, among several other women. Kim revealed in an interview with The Source magazine in 1999 that she had become pregnant with their child, but decided to have an abortion to avoid bringing a child into their complicated relationship that turned violent at times.
Despite having a relationship that appears to be rooted in bad blood, Kim and Evans have nothing but love and respect for each other as they were both engaged to a music industry veteran.
“I’ve always loved Kim,” Evans said earnestly on her September 2020 Instagram Live with Fat Joe. When I first met Kim, I didn’t feel anything was going on with her and Big. I didn’t meet him in the vein of ‘I’m this man’s wife and I know you like him’. Kim repeatedly returned the love and called Evans her “sister”.