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Christopher Wallace, was raised in Brooklyn New York, by a single mother. She worked two jobs to afford his education at a catholic private school. 

Christopher began dealing drugs at the age of 12. Around this age he was already larger than most kids in physique and reputation. He started using the name “Biggie smalls”.

Blue Sapphire is said to guard innocence.

At 17, Biggie dropped out of high school. (89) He started rapping on the street with a mic and speaker. 

“Lunches, brunches, interviews by the pool
Considered a fool 'cause I dropped out of high school” – Juicy – Notorious BIG ‘94

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Ancient leaders believed emeralds held the gift of eloquence. They would sometimes hold them in their mouths. 

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At the time of his death Biggie  was 6’3” and weighed 395 lbs.

Some believe that diamonds can protect its wearer from danger, also giving them strength and courage during battle. 

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B.I.G. was photographed wearing a plastic crown in a photoshoot titled “King of New York”. This plastic crown, bought for $6, and signed by the Rapper, sold at a Sotheby’s auction in 2020 for $600,000. 


Heavy is the head that wears the crown, in an active war between East coast and West coast rappers, the metaphorical and literal crown on Biggie turned out to be a target. Biggie was killed in a suspected revenge shooting 6 months after West coast rap artist Tu Pac Shakur was killed. 

Amethyst is worn for healing. 

Hip Hop and Biggie were born in New York at the same time. B.I.G. was no doubt influenced by those who came before him, LL Cool J, Run-DMC, Wu-Tang Clan, Salt n Pepa, Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane and Funk Master Fresh.

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P-Diddy discovered Biggie when he was 22 years old and signed him to Bad Boy Records. By the next year Biggie had a pop chart success and released his first album “Ready to Die”.

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While a jewel encrusted Jesus Christ pendant had been worn before, Biggie famously sported the Diamond Jesus pendants and regularly gave them to members of his crew. 

Jay- Z wears a Jesus Piece that belonged to Biggie during all his recording sessions to honor his lost friend.

“So I just speak my piece, keep my piece, Cubans with the Jesus Piece, with my peeps…”  Hypnotize, The Notorious B.I.G.

A ruby is believed to attract wealth.

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