A memorial for Notorious B.I.G., a.k.a. Biggie Smalls, born Christopher George Latore Wallace, was one of the events planned to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the legendary rapper’s death on Thursday.
News media gathered in the afternoon at Sojourn, East 79th Street, Manhattan, for the memorial. Donations were accepted at the door for the "Dream Big Basketball tournament given by his daughter T'yanna and her mother Jan [Jackson] in memory of the Notorious B.I.G. which benefits Youth of Bedford Stuyvesant where he grew up,” according to the invitation.
After nearly three hours of waiting, throwback Biggie jams spun by DJ Scratchator and nervous watch-glaces and pacing from restaurant staff who needed to open for the dinner hour, T’yanna Wallace, the first daughter of hip hop appeared to be a no-show.