On a day of tributes to the late rapper Notorious B.I.G. (born Christopher Wallace), Brooklyn Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries took time to honor Biggie by rapping some lyrics from "Juicy" from the House floor on Thursday (March 9). Standing next to a portrait of the MC who was gunned down at age 24 in Los Angeles in a still-unsolved murder on March 9, 1997, Jeffries rapped a few lines from the 1994 classic and read a heartfelt speech about the legendary 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. It was one of a number of commemorations of the 20th anniversary of Biggie's death, which also included an emotional letter from 112 and remembrances from Diddy, Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes and Young M.A.
"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 piece 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