Fans Pay Tribute to Notorious B.I.G. on the 22nd Anniversary of His Death

Notorious BIG Death Anniversary

Getty Pallbearers wheel the casket containing rap star Biggie Smalls to a hearse after the funeral 18 March in New York. Smalls, whose real name was Christopher Wallace, was killed 09 March in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles.

Saturday, Mar. 9 marked the 22nd anniversary of the death of rapper, Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. Notorious B.I.G., also known as Biggie Smalls–or just Biggie.

Fans took to social media to pay tribute to the late rapper and remember his lyricism and contributions to rap music.

On fan tweeted this image, in reference to one of Wallace’s most famous lyrics:

The reference comes from lines in Notorious B.I.G.’s song, “Big Poppa,” which state:

We can rendezvous at the bar around two
Plans to leave, throw the keys to ‘Lil Cease
Pull the truck up, front, and roll up the next blunt
So we can steam on the way to the telly go fill my belly
A t-bone steak, cheese eggs and Welch’s grape
Conversate for a few, ’cause in a few, we gon’ do
What we came to do, ain’t that right boo (true)

The picture depicts “a T-bone steak, cheese, eggs, and Welch’s grape” (fruit soda).

Another fan posted a GIF clip from the hit ’90s comedy, Martin, on which Biggie made a memorable guest appearance:

Wallace’s signature weight, sunglasses, and presence left an impression on fans during television appearances, concerts, and most importantly–through his music.

Wallace left behind two children, T’yanna Wallace, who opened a clothing store at age 25, and Christopher Wallace, Jr.–the latter of whom was born to singer Faith Evans.

Wallace had been signed to Sean Comb, a.k.a. Diddy’s Bad Boy Records, as the two rose to fame together in the ’90s.

A throwback video posted by a fan shows Diddy and a member of Total, a group that collaborated with Biggie on hit songs like “Can’t You See:”

Evans released an album featuring the late rapper, posthumously:

“My duets album #TheKingAndI with #TheNotoriousBIG is available now!” tweeted Evans in September of 2017.

Another fan posted a rarely seen photo of a very young Wallace:

Hip Hop N More posted a throwback of his “first” freestyle, a striking flow in which Wallace is essentially put on the map as a rapper not to be underestimated:

“Today marks the 22nd death anniversary of Biggie. He was always a special talent,” tweets Hip Hop N More.

“This is his “first” freestyle in Brooklyn when he was just 17. #RIPBiggie ??”

Christopher Wallace Junior, who is named after his father, and born after T’yanna (who has a different mom) is now 22 years of age. He’s also known as “C.J. Wallace.”

Christopher CJ Wallace

GettySinger Faith Evans and her son Christopher Wallace Jr., also the son of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. attend the Second Annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors at the Hammerstein Ballroom September 22, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

The young Wallace is shown in the above photo–and also played his father in the movie, Notorious, which was made as a biographical tale about Biggie’s life.

Here, the young Wallace is seen speaking about his experience playing the young version of his father in the movie:

“I’ve never acted in a movie before,” the young Wallace says in the above video. “[But] I’m really good at it.”

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