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Biggie Smalls: 5 Things You May Not Have Known About The Late Rapper Before ‘Hopelessly In Love’


Jan. 10, 2020

Notorious B.I.G. and Faith Evans are the subject of tonight’s Lifetime docu-series, ‘Hopelessly In Love.’ The Jan. 10 ep. takes a deep dive into their love story with emotional interviews and never-before-seen footage.
Fans of Bad Boy rap icon, Notorious B.I.G , aka Biggie Smalls will get an up close and personal look into his “ controversial ” relationship with Grammy-winning singer Faith Evans in tonight’s all new Hopelessly In Love. — Lifetime’s limited docu-series, which chronicles the tumultuous romances of some of Hollywood’s biggest names. The episode has teased deeply emotional interviews, never before-seen footage and more raw moments from their 1994 marriage, which lasted until his death in a drive-by shooting in 1997.
Biggie, whose real name was Christopher Wallace, died on March 9, 1997. As proven by the new docu-series, and many more before it , his legacy lives on. Before tuning in to Hopelessly In Love — airing Friday, January 10 at 9/8c on Lifetime — here are a few things you may not have known about Notorious B.I.G.
He was much more than a rapper . — According to his mother, Voletta Wallace , Biggie had plans to become a graphic designer or a dentist before he got mixed up in the streets. He was a straight “A” student, and won many awards at a young age for his academics.
He wasn’t the first Biggie Smalls. — While Christopher Wallace made the name what it is, we first heard that moniker from the 1975 film Let’s Do It Again ; actor Calvin Lockhurt played a character named Biggie Smalls. Calvin actually sued, and Biggie was forced to change his name to Notorious B.I.G.
Diddy discovered him. — In 2002, Diddy saw that Christopher was featured in The Source ‘s “Unsigned Hype” column all about aspiring rappers; years later, The Source rated Ready to Die a nearly perfect score of 4.5.
Biggie was one of the few hip-hop artists that recorded with Michael Jackson. — B.I.G. joined Michael in 1995 on “This Time Around.” Six year later, he featured on MJ’s tenth album, Invincible .
B.I.G. went to high school with some of the biggest names in hip hop. — Yes, he went to the same school as JAY-Z and Busta Rhymes and DMX .
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