Station honours deceased rapper

BBC Radio 1Xtra is set to honour late rapper Notorious B.I.G. with a week's worth of program's ahead of a new biopic about the hip hop icon's life.

Born Christopher Wallace, the young Biggie Smalls grew up in a deprived area of New York. Surrounded by a drugs epidemic, the rapper became a drug dealer before finding his calling in music.

Signing to Bad Boy records, Notorious B.I.G. went on to become one of the best selling dance acts of all time, before being caught up in the escalating feud between East Coast and West Coast hip hop.

Biggie Smalls was shot dead in 1997, but remains a massive presence on hip hop. A new biopic is set to be released soon on the rapper's life, and BBC 1Xtra have decided to honour the icon with a week's worth of programs.

The schedule is set to contain rare interviews with stars from the forthcoming film, as well as those close to the rapper including a question and answer session with Voletta Wallace.

BBC 1Xtra's Notorious B.I.G. week begins on February 8th.

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