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Today marks the 20th anniversary of the late Biggie Smalls’ death and dozens of celebrities are taking to social media to remember the life of the Notorious B.I.G.

It was on March 9, 1997, when the 24-year-old was leaving a Vibe party in Hollywood when a man in a dark-colored Chevrolet Impala SS pulled alongside the New York native’s GMC Suburban SUV and opened fire. Christopher Wallace, the rapper’s legal name, was shot four times.

Biggie was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

In efforts to celebrate and honor the late rapper, his dear friend Diddy kicked off a social media campaign inviting fans to post their favorite Biggie verses using the hashtag, #WeMissYouBIG.

“Today is March 9th. Twenty years ago today we lost the greatest rapper of all time, The Notorious B.I.G.,” Diddy says in an Instagram video. “We’re celebrating his life through his music and through his legacy today.”

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Common shared a photo of a young Wallace on Instagram with the caption: “One of the BEST to ever touch the mic! 20 years later, may God continue to bless the soul of the only Christopher we acknowledge. Mr. Wallace aka Biggie Smalls aka Biggie aka Big Poppa aka Frank White aka Notorious BIG!”

Faith Evans shared the same photo of her ex-husband, writing: “B. I. G. P. O. P. P. A.”

The singer also pushed for fans to pre-order The King & I album, which drops May 19. According to Faith’s team, “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 project will also include an “impressive list of guest appearances by rap royalty including Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Lil’ Cease, Lil’ Kim, Sheek Louch, Styles P, and Snoop Dogg.”

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Exclusive: ‘The Oath’s Cory Hardrict, Kwame Patterson Recall Being Harassed By Cops



If you want to take an emotional, entertaining and dangerous ride through the corrupt land of law enforcement, then we suggest you tune in for The Oath.  

Delivering a unique perspective on what it means to wear the color blue, the show follows a group of police officers and their lives with badges on and off.

“With being a cop in the workforce, especially being an African American cop, when we step out there, we always want to do the right thing,” Cory Hardrict told HipHollywood. “The crazy thing about this show is we have another life as well outside of the cop world where things aren’t so perfect.”

Cory, who is expecting a baby girl very soon with his wife, Tia Mowry, continued, “When the badge comes off and we have on regular civilian clothes, we get treated like every African American harassed person out here in the world.”

Although this is just a television show, the narrative is not exactly a far cry from reality, a reality Cory Hardrict and Kwame Patterson personally know all too well. “I had one incident where he [the officer] took his blade and went to the back seat cut the back seat and sliced it … but you can’t do anything.”

Patterson added, “I’m from Baltimore, so Baltimore is one of the most corrupt police cities in the United States. So I’ve definitely dealt with police brutality, discrimination … it’s always my word against theirs.”

The new show, produced by 50 Cent, is now streaming on Crackle.

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