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.”
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.”
— Jermaine Dupri (@jermainedupri) March 9, 2017