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Brooklyn Honors The Notorious B.I.G. with ‘Biggie Day’

Brooklyn's Borough President made the official proclamation, saying "Biggie put Brooklyn on the map"

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Today would have been the 44th birthday of the late, great Biggie Smalls, aka the Notorious B.I.G. Now, May 21st is also ‘Biggie Day,’ after an honorary proclamation made yesterday by Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams. NY1 reports that Adams made the announcement during a Borough Hall ceremony, saying, “Biggie’s energy will remain and continue to inspire people throughout not only the borough of Brooklyn” and “Biggie put Brooklyn on the map.”

Adams also conjured an amusing scene when he recalled that during his days as an NYPD officer, he would “blast Biggie in the locker room of the precinct… to let them know that Biggie’s in the house.”

Biggie’s daughter, Ty’anna Wallace, was present at the ceremony. “Now, May 21st is officially Biggie Day which is amazing,” she said. “I know my dad really loved Brooklyn… Brooklyn, Bed-Stuy, ‘Do or Die,’ that’s what he always said.”

Biggie was raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. His commanding bellow, masterful storytelling skills, and sense of humor make him a contender for hip hop’s all-time best M.C. His 1994 masterpiece Ready to Die stands as one of hip hop’s finest. Biggie was shot to death in Los Angeles in 1997 at the age of 24.

Watch Biggie freestyle on the streets of Brooklyn at the age of 17:

 

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