by Mike Winslow
The 20-year-old, full name Christopher Jordan Wallace, was just a baby when his rapper father was shot in 1997 at the age of 24.
He is now embarking on his own music career part of a rap group CJ and Jahad alongside his younger half-brother Joshua Jahad Russaw.
The duo have been spending the past few months in the studio working on their debut album, which is set for release later in 2017, and Wallace admits he knew he would work in the music industry from early on.
“At a young age I always knew I wanted to do music, it was inevitable,” he told London’s Evening Standard. “My family have always had my back, whatever I’ve wanted to do they’ve supported. They were always giving me advice on what to do and how to go about things.”
Rather than feel pressure to fill his father’s shoes, Wallace insists being the rapper’s son “ends up being fuel for me, that’s my advantage.”
The interview comes just days after Wallace, who portrayed his father in 2009 biopic “Notorious,” took to the stage at the Billboard Music Awards with his dad’s friend Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs to celebrate what would have been the rapper’s 45th birthday.
“I know my father’s looking down on all of us tonight,” he said. “My sister and I will continue to carry on his memory with tremendous pride and live my life by his words.”
Wallace was raised by his singer mother Faith Evans and record company executive Todd Russaw, who she divorced in 2011.