Diddy inducted The Notorious B.I.G. into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with tributes from JAY-Z, Nas, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, Biggie’s mother Voletta Wallace, daughter Tyanna Wallace and son C.J. Wallace.
Diddy delivered a powerful speech about his late friend.
“Big just wanted to be biggest, he wanted to be the best, he wanted to have influence and impact people in a positive way, and that clearly has been done all over the world,” Diddy said. “Nobody has come close to the way Biggie sounds, to the way he raps, to the frequency that he hits. Tonight we are inducting the greatest rapper of all time into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Notorious B.I.G. representing Brooklyn, New York, we up in here!”
The segment closed with Biggie’s children speaking on his legacy.
“Our father was one of the founding fathers of Hip Hop,” C.J. said. “He helped revolutionize what was a young art form for the Black community and the world. I’m honored to share his name and his dedication to Black music, creativity, self-expression and Black freedom. I love you, Meemaw.
“Thanks for teaching us who Christopher Wallace was as a son, friend, poet, artist, and father. We love you Meemaw. We love you dad. Brooklyn, we did it!”
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