Remembering Biggie Smalls aka New York Rapper The Notorious B.I.G. on 20th Anniversary of His Death

The Notorious B.I.G. aka Biggie Smalls was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles on March 9 1997 when he was just 24 years old. Thursday marks the 20th anniversary of his death.

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UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 05: MADISON SQUARE GARDEN Photo of NOTORIOUS BIG, Notorious B.I.G. performing at Madison Sq Garden for Urban Aid on 10-5 -1995 (Photo by David Corio/Redferns)
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Rapper Notorious B.I.G., aka Biggie Smalls, aka Chris Wallace rolls a cigar outside his mother's house in Brooklyn.
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Biggie, who won rap artist and rap single of the year, clutches his awards at the podium during the annual Billboard Music Awards in New York, in this Dec. 6, 1995 file photo.
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Rapper Notorious B.I.G., aka Biggie Smalls, aka Chris Wallace with Junior Mafia outside his mother's house in Brooklyn.
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Notorious B.I.G. aka Biggie Small performing in 1995 in Mountain View, California.
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Notorious B.I.G. performing at Madison Sq Garden for Urban Aid on 10-5 -1995.
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Biggie in New York in 1996. On March 9, 1997, rapper Biggie Smalls left a Vibe Magazine after party with his entourage, including Sean "Puffy" Combs. Biggie's car was stopped at a red light when a black Chevy Impala pulled up. The driver rolled down his window, drew a 9 mm blue-steel pistol and fired, putting four bullets into Biggie's the chest. He was pronounced dead later that evening.
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In this March 18, 1997 file photo, an unidentified neighbor of rapper Biggie Smalls, also known as Notorious B.I.G., top right, watches the funeral procession pass as mourners line the streets near the building where the slain rapper once lived on St. James Place in Brooklyn.
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Associated Press
Images of Biggie appear at the end of the video "I'll Be Missing You," a musical tribute to Notorious B.I.G. Wednesday, May 14, 1997 in a New York bar. Over 200 radio stations across the country participated in a moment of silence in honor of Notorious B.I.G. followed by the world premiere of two tribute tracks "I'll Be Missing You" and We'll Always Love Big Poppa."
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New York artists have celebrated Biggie's influence with a number of murals around the city. Here Jermaine McGriff, 20, a Bedford Stuyvesant-based rapper whose rap name is Flispy Flexin, records a music video in front of a street art portrait of the late rapper Biggie Smalls, also known as Notorious B.I.G., Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Bushwick.
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In a tribute to the Notorious B.I.G., a Brooklyn Key Food is distributing paper bags stenciled with Christopher Wallace's face for grocery customers on March 9, 2017. The Key Food was a Met Food Supermarket, where Wallace used to bag groceries as a kid.
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