In my opinion, the late great Notorious B.I.G. aka Frank White was the greatest rapper in music history. He sold platinum albums, toured around the world and most importantly influenced a lot of the rappers to come in the last decade. March 9, 2012, marks the 15-year anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.’s death and XXL is paying tribute to the Brooklyn emcee with a special issue dedicated to his legacy.

The XXL team spoke to some of those closest to Big for an in-depth look into his life and death. From his kids T’Yanna and Christopher “CJ” Wallace and their mamas, Jan Jackson and Faith Evans, to his closest friends like members of Junior M.A.F.I.A. and others, many got their chance to share stories and more to pay homage to the beloved MC. Most even disclosed rare, never-before-published photos of Biggie from their personal collections, which are featured in this month’s issue. Since Big was…

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