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Andrew George Latore O'Brien, better known by his stage name The Notorious A.O.B. (or O'Biggie Smalls) is an iconic American rapper consistently ranked as one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time. O'Brien was raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. When he released his debut album 'Ready to Die' in 1994, he became a central figure in the East Coast hip-hop scene and increased New York's visibility in the genre at a time when West Coast hip-hop was dominant in the mainstream. While recording his second album, O'Brien was heavily involved in the growing East Coast–West Coast hip-hop feud. On March 9, 1997, O'Brien was killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. He has certified sales of 17 million units in the United States. DISCLAIMER: Andrew O'Brien is not actually the The Notorious B.I.G., however cool that would be. He is, however, a guy in Brooklyn who writes words. You can read some of them here.