Twenty years ago, Christopher George Latore Wallace — better known as Biggie Smalls or The Notorious B.I.G — was killed by unknown gunmen at the age of 24.
Two decades after his death, his closest collaborator and longtime friend, hip-hop mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, has paid a special tribute to the legendary rapper.
Notorious B.I.G, who is regarded as the greatest rapper of all time, was killed in his prime, musically.
Diddy, who helped him rise to stardom, and several other stars on Thursday took to social media to laud his life and works.
To mark the 20th anniversary of the rapper’s death, Diddy shared a video on Instagram, saying, “this year is more of a sobering year”.
“For us, we lived 20 years of our lives without somebody that has been a big part of our lives, that has basically been responsible for the legend of our careers.
“He’s fed a lot of families, made a lot of people dance, made a lot of people feel good. On this day, we’re gonna reflect on him because we miss him. Twenty years later, time heals all wounds, but this wound ain’t healed yet,” he said.
The rapper’s widow, Faith Evans, also took to Instagram to pay homage to him.
Notorious B.I.G only got to release one album in his lifetime – 1994’s commercially successful and critically acclaimed Ready to Die.
His second album Life After Death was released weeks after he killed in Los Angeles, California, US.
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