Brooklyn Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries took time Thursday (Mar. 9) to commemorate the late Notorious B.I.G. (born Christopher Wallace) on the twentieth anniversary of his merder. Standing next to a portrait of Biggie – who was shot at 24 in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997, in a case that to this day is still unsolved – Jeffries raped a few lines from the 1994 hit and read a speech dedicated to the MC.
“It was all a dream, I used to read Word Up! Magazine/ Salt-n-Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine/ Hangin’ pictures on my wall/ Every Saturday Rap Attack, Mr. Magic, Marley Marl,” Jeffries rapped.
“Biggie Smalls, Frank White, the king of New York. He died 20 years ago today in a tragedy that occurred in Los Angeles,” Jeffries added. “But his words live on forever,” Jeffries said. “I 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 most important hip hop stars. His rags-to-riches life story is the classic embodiment of the American dream. Biggie Smalls is gone but he will never be forgotten. Rest in peace Notorious B.I.G. Where Brooklyn at?”
Just paid tribute to late/great #BiggieSmalls on House flr. Gone but never forgotten. #WhereBrooklynAt @OmariHardwick @diddy @MichaelSkolnik pic.twitter.com/2QaXOkmJdp
— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) March 10, 2017