Fourteen Years after his death in Los Angeles, rapper Notorious B.I.G. is being remembered by colleagues like Lil' Kim, Diddy, and by fans through the social networking site Twitter.
Notorious B.I.G., whose real name was Christopher Wallace, was gunned down on March 9, 1997 at a traffic light by an unknown man after a Vibe magazine party. The case remains open.
"Biggie taught me a lot of things that I will keep in a very sacred place," rapper and B.I.G. prot?g? Lil' Kim told MTV. "He is the one who basically let me know that somebody's always watching you."
"Although we were in a relationship at one point, he basically was like a big brother and he was [like] a father sometimes," she added. "If he saw me doing something wrong, he would correct me right then and there no matter who was around and how he had to talk to me. A lot of people looked at him as being very controlling over me but I guess at times I kind of looked at it like he just really looked at me as something very delicate."
Meanwhile, Diddy, the rapper and producer who helped Notorious B.I.G. rise to fame under Diddy's Bad Boy Records label, started a Twitter trend when he urged his followers to begin sharing fond memories of the rapper with the hashtag #BIGGIEDAY.
"Today is #BIGGIEDAY -- send me all your videos, links, photos, exclusive content...ALL things BIGGIE so I can RT to the world," Diddy, whose real name is Sean Combs, wrote on his official Twitter page Wednesday.
Notorious B.I.G's solo album, "Ready to Die," was released in September 1994. He was nominated for a Best Solo Rap Performance at the Grammys twice, once in 1996 for "Big Poppa" and again 1998 for "Hypnotize. His final solo album "Life After Death" was released shortly after his death on March 26 and went on to sell more than 10 million copies.
The rapper is perhaps best known for his feud with rapper Tupac Shakur and the East Coast/West Coast rap rivalry that escalated after the death of Shakur in 1996. Much like Notorious B.I.G, Shakur was gunned down in a vehicle in Las Vegas.
A biopic of Notorious B.I.G.'s life and murder was released in 2009 produced by Diddy and Notorious B.I.G's former managers as well as the rapper's mother Voletta Wallace. The film starred rapper Jamal Woolard as the grown up rapper. Notorious B.I.G.'s son Christopher Wallace Jr. played the younger version of his father on screen. Voletta Wallace was played by Angela Basset while Shakur was played by "Hurt Locker" actor Anthony Mackie.
A wrongful death lawsuit was filed against the city of Los Angeles by his mother, Voletta Wallace, in 2005. The suit accused LAPD officials of suppressing evidence on the role two LAPD officers may have had in the shooting.