Christopher George Latore Wallace AKA Biggie

Educational Background and Location

George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School, Roman Catholic Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, New York City - Brooklyn, New York

Brief Personal Bio

Biggie excelled at English at Westinghouse High School but dropped out altogether in 1989 at age 17. He began selling drugs at 12, Biggie stepped up the drug dealing after quitting school and was soon in trouble with the law. After he got out of jail, he made a demo tape as Biggie Smalls and his career took up from there.

These are a Few of Their Favorite Things

  • Favorite Color--Black

  • Favorite Food--Brooklyn soul food

Common Literary Elements/Structure/Themes in their Work

Biggie uses a "transitional technique..he starts off with one rhyme word(place/grace/lace) and then finishes off with another word type...this transition is quite cool and smooth...the second couplet is made with the internal rhymes technique".

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What does it mean if you were matched to this artist? Why is it important?

When matched to Biggie, you are matched to an artist who includes many of the similar techinques you put in your piece. For example, your piece may include varied wordtypes and structured rhymes as well as smooth transitions going from each one to the next. This may be an element of your poem (or main element). It is important to recognize the similarity you have to this artist because it helps you understand more of the style of your literary work. In this instance, your work would most likely contain techniques that are similar to Biggie's and recognizing this could help to further develop your style and approach at writing poems.

Literary Value

Biggie uses smooth transitions throughout his music and his lyrics start off with "one rhyme word and then finishes off with another word type".

List of Albums / Artist Spotify Link

Ready to Die, Life After Death

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