Biggie Smalls to the Notorious B.I.G.
When Christopher Wallace first started rapping, he went by the moniker Biggie Smalls, after the gangster character played by actor Calvin Lockhart in the 1975 film Let’s Do It Again (fun fact: the movie co-starred Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby). There was just one problem: Lockhart didn’t take kindly to the free publicity and sued Wallace, forcing him to go by the handle Notorious B.I.G. for the majority of his decade-long career. Not that the lawsuit made much of a difference; Wallace is popularly known as “Biggie” to this day.