Sean Diddy Combs posted a memorial video in honor of the memory of Notorious B.I.G. (Biggie Smalls, whose real name was Christopher Wallace) on the 20th anniversary of the rapper’s death.
You can watch the video, which Combs posted to his Twitter page, above. Combs wrote, “20 years ago today we lost the greatest rapper of all time, The Notorious B.I.G. #WeMissYouBIG.” On Instagram, Combs wrote, “20 years ago today we lost the greatest rapper of all time, The Notorious B.I.G. We’re celebrating his life through his music and through his legacy today. I want everyone to get involved and rap your favorite Biggie verse, tag me and use the hashtag #WeMissYouBIG @badboyent.”
The video had over 100,000 views on Instagram alone in just two hours. Combs is not the only one remembering the work and life of Smalls on the 20th anniversary of his death.
According to Billboard, BET Networks will also have “a day-long celebration of the rap icon’s life and works.”
Right after midnight on March 9, Combs – formerly known as Puff Daddy and P. Diddy – posted the above video and announced he was urging fans of the slain rapper to post in memory of him on Twitter using the hashtag #WeMissYouBig. The rapper, Wallace, was murdered at age 24 in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles that has never been solved.
“I want you to rap your favorite Biggie verse and post it with the hashtag WeMissYouBig,” Combs said. “I’m going to chop it up, edit it up and everything and we’re going to put out something special celebrating Notorious BIG’s life. We miss you BIG.”
The video finishes with a clip of Biggie talking to the camera.
Biggie was shot four times in a drive-by-shooting March 9, 1997 and died about one hour later. He died as he was in the middle of a dramatic rise in the music industry after releasing many top-selling — and charting — albums. He started rapping as a Brooklyn teen. It was producer Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs who heard his demo and signed Biggie to his newly-formed label, Bad Boy Records.
Learn more about Biggie’s career here: