The “Realism” Of Biggie Smalls’ Rhymes Garnered ASCAP’s Founders Award

Following a string of commemorative celebrations of Biggie Smalls’ life and legacy 20 years after his death, the Brooklyn native will be memorialized one more time.

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According to the Associated Press, the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards will honor the “One More Chance” rapper with their Founders Award on June 22. Multi-award winning producers/songwriters Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis will also receive a milestone accolade, the Voice of Music Award.

ASCAP President Paul Williams issued a statement on the influential rapper’s selection. “Biggie was a legend in his own time and his legacy lives on through his music,” Williams said. “Like all songwriters, he was a master storyteller, but it was the realism in his rhymes that capture so many.”

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In addition to Biggie’s honor, his friend and fellow artist Jay Z will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In February, Mr. Carter took to his rarely used Twitter account to express his gratitude.