Twenty-one years after the Notorious B.I.G.’s death, the rapper’s murder is still a subject of fascination and true-crime shows.

USA Network has debuted a new series called “Unsolved,” with the 10-episode first season given over to “The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.” – the still-unsolved murders of Biggie and his rival Tupac Amaru Shakur, who was fatally wounded in a shooting on the Las Vegas strip six months earlier.

The series debuted Feb. 27, just a few weeks before the March 9 anniversary of Biggie’s death.

Years before he became famous, back when he was still just Christopher Wallace, he spent a few years in Raleigh in the early 1990s.

Biggie’s friend, Greg Dent, remembers that time.

Notorious B.I.G.’s Raleigh days, revisited.

If you see “Notorious,” the biopic about the late Notorious B.I.G., keep an eye out for a brief local angle.

Back in the early 1990s, when he was still Christopher Wallace, Biggie Smalls spent some of his pre-fame time in the Triangle.

Between those two albums, Notorious B.I.G. passed through the Triangle a few more times.