10 Tragic Hip-Hop Deaths: Notorious B.I.G.
When the Notorious B.I.G.'s sophomore album, 'Life After Death,' debuted in 1997, just weeks after his murder -- still unsolved today -- the opus served as an eerie lyrical depiction of his demise, though Biggie himself had no clue his life would actually be cut short.
The East Coast MC was in L.A., to present an award at the 11th Annual Soul Train Music Awards on March 8, 1997. That night, Biggie and his crew headed to a VIBE magazine after-party but dipped out in a GMC Suburban once the venue was shut down due to overcrowding.
While stopped at a red light just 50 yards from the event, a gunman inside a Chevrolet Impala SS pulled up alongside B.I.G.'s truck and opened fire on the rapper, hitting him four times in the chest. He was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m on March 9, 1997.