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“Biggie Smalls is the illiest.”

And, if he wasn’t shot and killed on March 9th 1997, he would have been 42 years-old today, probably still dropping classic albums.

Even though he’s not physically here, The Notorious B.I.G. has left one of the best hip-hop categories ever: Both of his albums, Ready to Die and Life After Death, are certified masterpieces.

So there’s really nothing more to be said about the music. So let’s talk outside of the music. Biggie was an interesting cat, and there were a lot of interesting details about his life. Some that weren’t always discussed.

To honor one of the greatest, here are 10 interesting facts you might have known about The Notorious B.I.G.