The Notorious B.I.G.’s mom, Voletta Wallace, said her son did not only “spread love the Brooklyn way” but could spread love worldwide.
Her remarks were given at a celebration for what would have been Biggie Smalls’s 50th birthday today (May 21st). Celebrities packed the Empire State building on Thursday, May 20th, the eve before the Brooklyn native’s official b-day.
The biggest name was Ms. Wallace, who gave a touching speech about her only child. After thanking everyone for showing up and complimenting them on their beautiful faces, she offered remarks about her late son in a video posted on her Instagram.
“First, I need to thank all the staff and everyone at the Empire State building who put all this together. I am a proud mother tonight. I don’t do proud. I am one of the most humble human beings you will find on the face of the earth. But tonight, I can say I am proud. I am proud to be a mother of one of the nicest human beings you will ever know, that is my son Christopher Wallace.”
The crowd erupted into applause to affirm how nice the “Juicy” artist was.
The bereaved mother, who lost her son in March of 1997 to a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, said she usually gets around with a cane, but she had “so many handsome young men walking around” with her all night that she did not need one.
Some of those men were Lil’ Cease, Wayne Burrows, and Damion “D-Roc” Butler, who both rocked with the legendary chart-topper when The Notorious B.I.G. was alive.
Ms. Wallace continued, “tonight is also bittersweet. I would have loved for my son to be here to witness this. And then again, think about it… if he was here, I don’t think this would have happened. Ohhhh, nooo… It wouldn’t.
“So, he’s not here, and I wish, with all my heart, that he would see all of you. All of the friendly faces. All of the genuine love that’s been permeating throughout this room, throughout New York City, Brooklyn, and the world,” Ms. Wallace said.
The queen further declared, “I love my son. I will always say I’m a mother forever. Forever. I wanna thank you all for coming up to be here to share the love. Not only to spread love the Brooklyn way but to spread love worldwide.”
She ended her remarks by reminding those gathered how dear they were to The Notorious B.I.G. and he was to them.
“Please remember that that human being was your friend and will always be your friend at heart. I thank you so much for showing up. God bless you. Stay safe and walk with dignity.”
In celebration of his Biggie’s birth, the estate will have vans driving throughout the city with a crown projected in the sky spinning around the five boroughs.
Tonight, the Empire State Building will pay homage to The Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die LP by changing change to red and white with a crown in its mast to honor Biggie’s classic album.
The Barclays Center in Brooklyn will honor The Notorious B.I.G. tonight as well, by displaying a video montage of his records on the oculus above the arena’s entrance.
The New York City MTA released a special edition MetroCard at three subway stations near his old stomping grounds in Bedford-Stuyvesant.