Friends and family of the late rapper Notre Dame BIG came to Gustavino’s second annual BIG Dinner Gala in New York City on Friday to pay tribute to his memory on his 50th birthday.
The event was hosted by Lil Kim, who told People that she believes the legend will still be “funny, funny, handsome, flying crazy” at the age of 50.
“It is always important to respect the king. He is the king. The king is alive, “added Kim, 47. “He is an amazing person, an amazing artist… his legacy. It’s just great. I mean, look at the catalog. Look at what he did at such a young age. “
Biggie’s son, CJ Wallace, who was also among the guests, said “it speaks volumes” to see all the people who came out to preserve his father’s legacy.
“You know how deeply the legacy survives, and you know how important it is for the family at the end of the day,” he said. “She has more than just her bloodline, she has a truly unique family that goes beyond the grave.”
“He was not just a rapper but an artist. He was an educator, he was a poet, obviously a writer. He was a prophet. He came here to do more than just record a few songs or a few albums, which, at the end of the day, he did. And he did more than that in his spare time, ”Wallace, 25, continued.
The infamous BIG died in Los Angeles in 1997 at the age of 24 after being fatally shot in a drive-by shooting, his son was just 5 months old.