It’s been twenty years since the tragic death of rapper Biggie Smalls, a.k.a. Christopher Wallace Sr. Several of the late recording artist’s friends came together this past weekend to celebrate Biggie’s life and legacy.

T’yanna and Christopher Wallace Jr. attended a memorial event at the Nets game that was spearheaded by Sean “Diddy” Combs. Lil Kim and others joined T’yanna and Christopher on the court to pay respects to Smalls. “We miss you, BIG,” Combs’ television network, RevoltTV, shared online.


Biggie Smalls accomplished much during his career despite his time being cut short. T’yanna acknowledged her father’s legacy during an interview last year. “The Wallace name is big, I’m not gonna lie,” she said.

“I try to just continue the legacy. That’s why I started my clothing line dedicated to him,” T’yanna added. “I’m not into music, I don’t rap or anything, so I was like, let me do something that I love dedicated to him.”

Christopher Wallace Jr. also commented on his father’s influence. “It took a while to really realize the impact he’d made,” Chris said. “But at an early age, my dad who raised me, Todd Russaw, schooled me that I needed to be aware of who my dad was and his impact, and to not be afraid of what I represent. He told me, ‘Don’t be ashamed of anything.'”

Biggie Smalls was killed on March 9, 1997, in Los Angeles, California. His murder remains unsolved.



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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