Diddy, JAY-Z, & Nas Honor Notorious B.I.G. During Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction
Written by B87FM on November 8, 2020
Biggie makes historical past.
Twenty-three years after his loss of life, the rap legend was inducted into the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame throughout the 35th annual ceremony that aired on HBO Saturday (Nov. 7).
Diddy, who signed the Brooklyn rapper to Dangerous Boy Information in 1993, inducted Biggie throughout the star-studded salute, which additionally featured JAY-Z, Nas, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, together with Biggie’s mom Voletta Wallace, daughter Tyanna Wallace, and son C.J. Wallace.
“Large simply needed to be largest, he needed to be the most effective, he needed to have affect and influence folks in a optimistic means, and that clearly has been accomplished everywhere in the world,” Diddy stated, in keeping with Pitchfork. “No person has come near the best way Biggie sounds, to the best way he raps, to the frequency that he hits. Tonight we’re inducting the best rapper of all time into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame, the Infamous B.I.G. representing Brooklyn, New York, we up in right here!”
JAY-Z in contrast the Infamous B.I.G.’s storytelling to that of Alfred Hitchcock. “They have been these tales that was disturbing, however all of them had a goal,” he stated. “The human facet of him got here by means of in his music, and I feel it moved the molecules on the planet. I do know for a proven fact that he pointed me in a path and I’m positive that’s occurred to hundreds of thousands and hundreds of thousands of individuals worldwide.”
Nas defined how Biggie opened the doorways for New York rappers. “Rap music is all about who’s gonna be the king,” he stated. “The West Coast, they was sellin’ hundreds of thousands of information, and earlier than Large, I felt like there was solely to date New York rap may go so far as gross sales. Biggie modified all of that.”
B.I.G.’s daughter Tyanna and son C.J. accepted the dignity on his behalf. “Our father was one of many founding fathers of hip-hop. He helped revolutionize what was a younger artwork kind for the Black group and the world,” stated C.J. “I’m honored to share his title and his dedication to Black music, creativity, self-expression, and Black freedom. I really like you, Meemaw. Thanks for instructing us who Christopher Wallace was as a son, pal, poet, artist, and father. We love you Meemaw. We love you dad. Brooklyn, we did it!”
Biggie, who obtained a nomination in his first yr of eligibility, turns into the second solo rapper to hitch the Rock Corridor after Tupac Shakur, who was posthumously inducted in 2017.
Whitney Houston was additionally among the many Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame Class of 2020. She was inducted by Alicia Keys, whereas Jennifer Hudson, Clive Davis, Kelly Worth, and Whitney’s mom Cissy Houston took half within the tribute.