By Karanah Knight
Brooklyn Nets held a “Biggie Night” on the anniversary of the legendary rapper’s death.
March 9 marked the twentieth anniversary of the death of Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace. The Brooklyn Nets Basketball team association held a night called “Biggie Night” at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Biggie Smalls’ mother Voletta Wallace along with his widow Faith Evans and their two children were in attendance. Producer and friend Sean “Puffy” Combs attended the event with female rapper from Junior Mafia Lil Kim.
The half time ceremony was a dedication to Biggie Smalls, which featured a banner raised into the Barclays Center next to rapper Jay-Z banner, who is also a rapper from Brooklyn. The ceremonial banner was introduced by Combs.
“We wanna thank the whole Brooklyn Nets organization.” Combs stated to the audience “Tonight is Biggie night, and usually we do a moment of silence, but in honor of Biggie, being from Brooklyn, he always said ‘spread love the Brooklyn way.’ So, I want 10 seconds of Brooklyn noise.”
The banner read Notorious B.I.G, the number 72, which is the year he was born. Lastly a rhyme from the “Juicy” record which said “Spread love it’s the Brooklyn way.” The banner will permanently stay in the Barclays Center for years to come.
From the start of his career in 1993 to his untimely death, his music has left an imprint on rap. His music and lyrics touched and warmed the hearts of adoring fans.
Biggie’s career was not only good for rap culture but a great representation of Brooklyn.