On the 20th anniversary of Biggie Smalls’ death, hip-hop fans worldwide are celebrating the life and music of one of the greatest rappers of all time. His mother, however, chooses not to join in.
“It still hurts that nothing has been done,” Voletta Wallace told the New York Post of her son’s unsolved murder. “His death is not something I want to celebrate. But I am grateful to everyone who remembers him.”
Amid the infamous East Coast-West Coast rap rivalry, the Brooklyn emcee was murdered in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles at the age of 24. Had he been alive today, his mom guesses, “Either he’d be in jail or he might be a multimillionaire roaming the Earth and vacationing in Bora Bora.”
While Wallace rather not commemorate March 9, she is hard at work on immortalizing her son in the upcoming documentary, Notorious B.I.G: One More Chance. “It brings so much joy to my heart that my son Christopher’s music has made such an impact on the music community and his stories have positively inspired so many young men and women over the years, and still influencing the youth all over the world today,” she told Variety in February. And that is undisputed.
Rest in peace, Biggie!