On the anniversary of his death, March 9, 1997, here are a few things you may not have known about Christopher G. Wallace, aka the Notorious B.I.G. Most of these stories come from obscure interviews over the years, but if you’re a fan with deep knowledge of Biggie Smalls, at least here a few moments of his memory
1. The Notorious B.I.G. was a huge prankster. Because of this, there “was no sleeping around Big, period.”
In an interview with VladTV in 2014, Lil’ Cease, one of Biggie’s protégés, recalled how the rapper would target anybody who would nod off while hanging around the studio smoking weed.
Those who fell asleep around him could wake up to find Lil’ Kim’s wig on their head or one of the group’s “favorite joints” getting burnt from a lit match placed in the sleeping person’s hand.
2. He wrote many of Lil’ Kim’s lyrics, meaning recordings exist of him rapping lines such as, “got buffoons eating my pussy while I watch cartoons.”
According to NME, quite a few of Lil’ Kim’s rhymes were ghostwritten by her lover and mentor, the Notorious B.I.G.
3. Shaquille O’Neal and Big were close friends and even collaborated on a song together. The Notorious B.I.G. was on his way to hang out with Shaq on the night of his death.
Talking with the ESPN show “Outside the Lines,” Shaquille O’Neal revealed that he was actually supposed to hangout with the Biggie on the night the rap star was killed. O’Neal (who was dressed and ready to go) accidentally fell asleep.
4. You can actually hear the Notorious B.I.G. receiving oral sex on the album “Ready to Die.”
In 2009, Huffington Post blogger Barry Michael Cooper interviewed Sean “Diddy” Combs and asked about the infamous oral sex moment at the end of “Respect.” Diddy laughed and said, “These are questions that nobody’s ever asked, and I think Big would be all right with it.”
Earlier in that album, during the “#!*@ Me (Interlude),” the sex sounds were apparently created by Lil’ Kim and Notorious rocking back and forth on a piano stool in the studio.
5. The Notorious B.I.G. distributed copies of “Ready to Die” on cassette at his house, causing a line to wrap around the neighborhood.
In 2012, Busta Rhymes told Vlad TV about a fond memory of the Notorious B.I.G.: I watched Biggie give away “Ready to Die” and thought he was crazy. From his house, dubbing the album on a double cassette deck and had a line in front of his crib on St. James like he was selling the best coke ever. That was like the most illest shit because it was his way of marketing himself.
And here is the original MTV NEWS coverage of the night Biggie died.
RIP homie ... Notorious B.I.G. 1972 - 1997.