New York Congressman Hakeem Jeffries used the House floor on Thursday to commemorate a fellow Brooklynite’s lasting impact on the world.

Thursday marked the 20th anniversary of rapper Christopher Wallace, aka Biggie Smalls‘ death. Wallace was killed on March 9, 1997 during a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles.

Jeffries took about 30 seconds to recite the opening verse of “Juicy,” The Notorious B.I.G.’s debut 1994 single which catapulted him to stardom and solidified his position in the canon of the rap greats.

“Juicy,” is a classic tale of overcoming the pitfalls of life, documenting the joys and hardships the rapper experienced growing up in Bedford-Stuyvesant, a north Brooklyn neighborhood.

Jeffries followed with a brief speech on Biggie’s humble beginnings and his global reach.

“Those were the words of the late great Notorious B.I.G. Biggie Smalls. Frank White. The king of New York,” he said.

“He died 20 years ago today in a tragedy that occurred in Los Angeles. But his words live on forever. I got the privilege of representing the district where Biggie Smalls was raised. We know he ‘went from negative to positive,’ and emerged as one of the world’s most important hip-hop stars. His rags-to-riches life story is the classic embodiment of the American dream. Biggie Smalls is gone but he will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, Notorious B.I.G. Where Brooklyn at?” Jeffries said in closing.

Jeffries was just one of the millions who celebrated Biggie’s legacy on Thursday.

Friend and collaborator Sean “Diddy” Combs, along with widow, Faith Evans, rapper Lil’ Kim and countless others, flooded social media with images of the rapper along with retrospective reflections on his life and work.


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Pre-order 'The King & I' now! LINK IN BIO! Available May 19th! The album’s 25 tracks feature newly recorded vocals by Faith Evans melded with vocals by Biggie Smalls, some well-known but also a selection of rare and unheard rhymes from the B.I.G. vault. THE KING & I also includes an impressive list of guest appearances by rap royalty including Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Lil’ Cease, Lil’ Kim, Sheek Louch, Styles P, and Snoop Dogg. Evans has also brought on some of the most acclaimed producers in hip-hop, many of which produced some of B.I.G.’s most famous tracks, including DJ Premier, Just Blaze, Salaam Remi, Stevie J, and Chucky Thompson. TRACK LISTING 1 “A Billion” 2 “Legacy” 3 “Beautiful” (Interlude) 4 “Can’t Get Enough” 5 “Don’t Test Me” 6 “Big/Faye” (Interlude) – featuring Jamal Woolard 7 “Tryna Get By” 8 “The Reason” 9 “I Don’t Want It” – featuring Lil’ Cease 10 “I Got Married” (Interlude) – featuring Mama Wallace 11 “Wife Commandments” 12 “We Just Clicked” (Interlude) – featuring Mama Wallace 13 “A Little Romance” 14 “The Baddest” (Interlude) 15 “Fool For You” 16 “Crazy” (Interlude) – featuring 112 & Mama Wallace 17 “Got Me Twisted” 18 “When We Party” – featuring Snoop Dogg 19 “Somebody Knows” – featuring Busta Rhymes 20 “Take Me There” – featuring Sheek Louch & Styles P 21 “One In The Same” 22 “I Wish” (Interlude) – featuring Kevin McCall & Chyna Tahjere 23 “Lovin You For Life” – featuring Lil’ Kim 24 “NYC” – featuring Jadakiss 25 “It Was Worth It”

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SOURCE: New York Daily News


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