WME has signed a deal to manage the estate of late rapper Notorious B.I.G. The agency’s newly established Legends group will partner with the rapper’s mother Ms. Voletta Wallace and the family of the Estate of the Notorious B.I.G.
This announcement builds upon WME’s existing roster of marquee estates including Andy Kaufman, Eartha Kitt, Peter Tosh, the CBGB brand and Ram Dass’ Love Serve Remember Foundation. WME also works with longtime estate clients Agatha Christie, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Donna Summer, August Wilson, Isaac Asimov, Edward Albee, Abe Burrows and Terrence McNally.
Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace) was a four-time Grammy nominee who gained success as a solo artist after releasing his first single, "Juicy." He soon followed it up with his debut album Ready to Die in 1994, which peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard 200 chart. He then produced two more hit singles ("Big Poppa" and "One More Chance") for the album, which helped revitalize the East Coast hip hop scene.