1. The Notorious B.I.G. (1972-1997)

Christopher Wallace best known as The Notorious B.I.G. or Biggie Smalls was a rapper and hip hop artist. Considered one of the best artists in rap music, Biggie was described by Allmusic as “the savior of East Coast hip-hop. He was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. His double-disc set Life After Death, released 16 days later, rose to No. 1 on the U.S. album charts and was certified Diamond in 2000. He was 24 years old. (Photo: PR Photos)