CJ Wallace, the son of the late Biggie Smalls, beams with pride after New York City declared a proclamation to honor the legendary rapper, recognizing the impact he had in the music industry. Wallace accepted the honor on his father’s behalf Thursday as the city celebrated Biggie Smalls, who would have turned 50 this weekend.
“Since I was 14, 15, when I really had to realize how important this family heritage was, I’ve made it my life. It’s all I can do. I can’t pass a day without thinking about who my dad is and the impact he may have had, and it inspires me to keep doing the same in my own way, but obviously keep keeping Brooklyn first, keep New York d Wallace said according to CBS News.
Now living in Los Angeles, Wallace said his ties are in his hometown forever.
“I know I’m being told to come back here as soon as possible,” he said as he accepted the proclamation. “But yeah man, that’s a lot for me to really process and take in. I wish my sister was there obviously to be here, she couldn’t come. I just want to thank you guys. Thank you very much, thank you.
The proud son also expressed his excitement on Instagram as he posed with the proclamation he accepted.
“MAY 21 is the BIG DAY,” he wrote.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams praised the inspirational life of Biggie Smalls during the presentation of the proclamation.
“He was raised by a single mother. This is why so many of us could identify with it. Just the love his mother showed. But what he did, and I think it was so much more important, was he was able to turn pain into purpose. He used his music to define what was going on in everyday life,” Adams said.
The mayor also highlighted the rapper’s impact on Brooklyn.
“He put Brooklyn on the map and no matter where you travel, he loved Brooklyn and Brooklyn loves him. And so to his son, CJ Wallace, his daughter, Tiana, and everyone here, the Junior Mafia who is present. The whole crew, everyone who is here. And so we just want to spend the day raising an icon in New York and music,” Adams said. “We know he’s one of the greatest rappers that ever lived and his music continues to inspire so many who listen to and play him. Here, at the time, you hated to say 5-0. But we’re happy to say 5-0 today for brother Biggie Smalls and what he stands for.
As Blavity previously reported, New York continued to honor Biggie on Saturday as the MTA released limited-edition MetroCards featuring the hip-hop icon’s face.
“Biggie Smalls, Notorious BIG, the greatest rapper in New York history at least, some would say the greatest rapper of all time,” said Janno Lieber, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, during a press conference at Grand Central Terminal on Thursday. amNY reports.
Biggie, whose legal name was Christopher Wallace, died aged 24 in 1997 when he was shot in a drive-by shooting in Los Angles.