Biggie who was raised in Brooklyn, New York became a keyplayer in the East Coast hi-hop scene after the release of his debut album Ready to Die in 1994. His success and ability as a rapper and lyricist helped put him and New York back on the map for hip-hop in a time when it consisted mainly of East coast artists.
This led on to a West Coast/East Coast divide and a feud between the rappers from the major record labels Death Row and Bad Boy Records, the former included Tupac Shakur a former associate of Biggie's. This feud grew to such an extent that both Tupac Shakur and Biggie were murdered in drive by shootings a few years apart from each other (1995 and 1997). Biggie's murder case to this day still remains unsolved.
Hailed as one of the greatest rapper of all time, Biggie's ability to flow as a lyricist and performer has resulted in him being championed as the saviour of East Coast Hip Hop and to this day he his music lives on. Happy Birthday Biggie!