Notorious BIG gets 20th anniversary tribute in the US House of Representatives

Jacob Stolworthy

Thursday (9 March) was the 20th anniversary of the death of Notorious BIG and a fitting tribute was paid to the rapper - in the House of Representatives.

Rep Hakeem Jeffries used the platform to pay his respects to the hip-hop star, also know as Biggie Smalls, by reciting lyrics from his 1994 track “Juicy.”

The congressman went on to state that the legacy of Biggie - born Christopher Wallace in 1972 - would “love on forever.”

Jeffries said: “I’ve 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.”

Just paid tribute to late/great #BiggieSmalls on House flr. Gone but never forgotten. #WhereBrooklynAt @OmariHardwick @diddy @MichaelSkolnik

— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) March 10, 2017

He went on to describe his story as “the classic embodiment of the American dream" adding that "Biggie Smalls is gone but he will never be forgotten.

Wallace was killed in an unsolved drive-by shooting on 9 March 1997 - he was just 24 years old.