HIS SIGNED GROUPS & ARTISTS:
In this section of our site you can find out a little more info about the artists and groups The Notorious B.I.G. signed under him, including Lil Kim, and Junior Mafia!
Junior Masters at Finding Intelligent Attitudes, or Junior M.A.F.I.A., were able to grab a peice of the Hip Hop action thanks to their childhood crony and producer, the Notorious B.I.G. Biggie signed the group to his Undeas label in 1995. Their debut album, 'Conspiracy' was soon certified gold and the group grabbed instant notoriety with two hit singles, "Get Money" and "Player's Anthem". Hailing from Bedford-Stuyvesant, NY, the group was comprised of four separate acts: the 6s (Little Caesar, Chico, and Nino Brown), the Snakes (cousins Larceny and Trife), MC Klepto, and Lil Kim. The artist that proved to be of the most talent on the album was undoubtedly the only female of the group, Lil Kim, and she set out to make a solo career. Her album Hard Core was released in 1996 and featured the hit singles "Crush on You," "Queen Bitch," and "No Time" (which became a no.1 rap single). Biggie, Sean "Puffy" Combs, and Little Caesar contributed to her album as well. Since the death of Biggie Smalls, the group has declined in its popularity within the Hip Hop community and have struggled to meet the success of their debut album. They have continued to release more albums and still have a strong following. However Lil Kim has a tighter grip on the rap game, and continues to be one of the biggest names in hip hop today! Read more on Lil Kim below!
Lil Kim was a rebellious child living under the strict rules of her dad, Kim and her father constantly fought. After therapy sessions and physical fights, she eventually ran away from home. Forced to crash at her friends' apartments, live with drug-dealing boyfriends, and indulge in prostitution at one time in order to "gold-dig" her way into a man's heart, Kim eventually began to clean up her act upon meeting her mentor and father figure, and future lover, Biggie. While Kim worked as a salesperson at Bloomingdale's, her friends discovered that she could rap. Biggie encouraged his protégé to pursue a rapping career, and cast her as a member of the rap group Junior MAFIA, signed under Biggie's Undeas label. Lil Kim worked very close alongside Big on her albums and admired him as a mentor and father figure, she said, "Biggie Smalls, who I owe 85% of my career to; he's the one that gave me and the rest of Junior Mafia our shot at stardom". Soon enough it was clear that Lil Kim was obviously the group's star, and she released her solo album entitled 'Hard Core', which debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard charts, and became a critical and commercial success. But, at a time when Kim should have been toasting her success, tragedy struck and changed her life forever. Her friend, lover, mentor and creative partner, The Notorious B.I.G., was gunned down in a drive by shooting in L.A. on March 9th, 97. And though Kim always penned her own rhymes, it was Biggie who would be by her side in the studio, guiding her. His death not only shattered Kim personally and emotionally, but also challenged her creatively as she embarked on her highly anticipated follow-up to Hardcore. After Biggie's death Kim took a break from recording, but kept busy by touring with P. Diddy on his 'Bad Boy Tour', she also launched her production company 'Queen Bee Records' and eventually released her 2nd album through the company, the smash hit album 'Notorious K.I.M', which was then followed by another hit album La Bella Mafia in 2003. However her career suffered a set back in early 2005 as Lil Kim was sentenced to serve 365 days (one year and one day) behind bars for lying to a federal court judge whilst under oath, (perjury).