The Brooklyn Nets Honor The Notorious B.I.G.

Notably one of the most influential rappers of all time, Biggie was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, home of the Nets. Last night was Biggie Night and the Nets raised a banner in the Barclays Center to honor his memory. 

On March 8th, 1997, the rap icon, formally known as Christopher Wallace, was murdered in Los Angeles, California. This year marked the 20th anniversary of his death. Early last week, Senate Rep. Hakeem Jeffries paid tribute to the legend on the floor of the House of Representatives. Jeffries rapped lyrics to juicy and presented an uplifting take on Wallace’s life story.

Last night, a star studded crowd stood at center court for the unveiling of the banner. Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark stood alongside Sean “Diddy” Combs, Voletta Wallace [Biggie’s Mother], Faith Evans, Lil Kim and other members of the Bad Boy family.

“This week past the 20th anniversary of the greatest rapper of all time, Notorious B.I.G. from Brooklyn, New York,” Combs said. “We celebrate his birth and his passing.”

As he ended his speech Diddy urged fans to remember something.

“There would be no Biggie without Brooklyn,” he said and directed the audience’s attention to the banner.

Following the presentation of the banner, Voletta Wallace gave a short speech thanking Brooklyn for supporting her son and honoring his legacy. She made everyone in the audience smile when she revealed that it was her first time attending a professional basketball game. 

Biggie’s famous lyrics “Spread love, it’s the Brooklyn way.” will hang in the raptors of the Barclay’s Center over Brooklyn fans and players for years to come.