Biggie Smalls, aka The Notorious B.I.G. aka Frank White aka Big Poppa, may be gone 20 years, but he is not forgotten, not even in the House of Representatives.
Brooklyn Rep. Hakeem Jeffries quoted the rapper on the House floor Thursday to commemorate his unsolved murder during a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. Smalls was just 24.
Jeffries quoted “Juicy,” the Brooklyn rapper’s first single off his acclaimed debut album, 1994’s “Ready to Die,” which is considered one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time.
“I’ve got the privilege of representing the district where Biggie Smalls was raised,” Jeffries said. “We know he went from negative to positive and emerged one of the world’s most important hip-hop stars, his rags-to-riches life story is the classic embodiment of the American dream.”
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And how did Jeffries end his speech? By asking, quite fittingly, “Where Brooklyn at?”