Thursday sadly marked 20 years since the Notorious B.I.G. was killed in Los Angeles in a drive-by shooting. Biggie Smalls represented BK to the fullest and that is why Brooklyn Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries took time to represent The King of New York.
Standing next to a portrait of Frank White, Jeffries rapped a few lines from Biggie’s 1994 classic “Juicy” from the House floor on Thursday.
“It was all a dream, I used to read Word Up! magazine / Salt-n-Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine / Hangin’ pictures on my wall / Every Saturday Rap Attack, Mr. Magic, Marley Marl,” Jeffries rapped.
Jeffries intertwined the lyrics with his story of Biggie’s life and how the rapper was an inspiration.
“Biggie Smalls, Frank White, the king of New York. He died 20 years ago today in a tragedy that occurred in Los Angeles. But his words live on forever. I got the privilege of representing the district where Biggie Smalls was raised. We know he went from negative to positive and emerged as one of the world most important hip hop stars. His rags-to-riches life story is the classic embodiment of the American dream. Biggie Smalls is gone but he will never be forgotten. Rest in piece Notorious B.I.G.. Where Brooklyn at?”
Another tribute to the late great Notorious B.I.G. was an Atlanta news team embedding some unforgettable lyrics from Big Poppa in their newscast. WSB-TV’s Fred Blankenship and Mark Arum seamlessly include lyrics into their broadcast. While presenting the traffic report Arum says, “Unfortunately Fred, your car can not go one-sixty, swiftly.”