Thursday, March, 9 marks the 20th anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.’s death and, as expected, fans have gathered online to remember one of the greatest rappers of all time.
Born Christopher Wallace in Brooklyn, New York, Biggie Smalls launched his career with the 1994 semi-autobiographical debut “Ready to Die,” which saw commercial success from the singles “Juicy,” “Big Poppa,” “Warning” and “Once More Chance.” It was his only studio album that was released during his lifetime as he was murdered days before his sophomore release, “Life After Death,” dropped three years later.
During an appearance at the 1997 Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles, Biggie presented an award to Toni Braxton in what would become his last public appearance. On March 9, 1997, the 24-year-old rapper was gunned down in a drive-by shooting after leaving an afterparty for the ceremony and the murder is still unsolved.
Online, fans remembered B.I.G. and his music, which proved successful even after his death and influenced rappers like Jay Z, Nas, 50 Cent, Fabolous, Big Sean and Rick Ross.
— Ai… (@A_iwantyou) March 9, 2017
To fully appreciate The Notorious BIG's run you had to be there. It was something magical in the air. From freestyles to his albums.
— No Relation (@TheCosby) March 9, 2017
🎶In mansions and benzes givin ends to my friends and it feels stupendous 🎶 #RIPBIG
— Harriet Potter (@Cheekie_B) March 9, 2017
— Sulama Traoré (@sulamatraore) March 9, 2017
Several tweeted about what the state of hip-hop and rap would be like if Biggie, who has several posthumous releases — including an upcoming one with widow Faith Evans — was still alive.
— Mr. Pitelli (@loco_pitelli) March 9, 2017
#RIPBIG if Biggie was still alive, Hip Hop music would sound alot different from that mainstream shit that's played today
— Ano Ali (@Anoali1902) March 9, 2017
— Alexandra Capotorto (@itsmealexandra) March 9, 2017
Others dove into theories about the MC’s murder.
It's been 20 years since LAPD fake investigated his murder #RIPBIG
— Sam Z Comedy (@SamZComedy) March 9, 2017
20 years ago today
Puff & Biggie leave Vibe party in separate cars
Puff's car is in front
Puff's car runs red light
Seconds later.. pic.twitter.com/h0zto92iGv
— Steven James (@TheLaunchMag) March 9, 2017
@Its_Kudzy just saw a post that hinted at a conspiracy that he was involved in Biggie's murder now I'm like hmmmmmmn Luscious, is that you.
— Thierry's wife. (@faithy_waithi) March 9, 2017
Celebrities, including the late performer’s friends and family, also memorialized him.
— Sean Diddy Combs (@diddy) March 9, 2017
— Lil' Kim (@LilKim) March 10, 2017
— Anthony Hamilton (@HamiltonAnthony) March 9, 2017
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) March 9, 2017