Rapper Notorious BIG is still having his presence felt, nearly 20 years since his death. As the anniversary of his death passed and many Hip Hop stars paid tribute, there was on unexpected organization that gave the legendary MC recognition. Tonight the Brooklyn Nets NBA organization unveiled and permanently hung a ’72’ banner in the Brooklyn-New York Barclay’s arena honoring the real B-I-G.
“There would be no Biggie without Brooklyn and please look up so we can do something special tonight” said Diddy, directing the Brooklyn Nets crowd’s attention.
The announcers then took over.
“Ladies and gentlemen, please direct your attention to the rafters. This banner, honoring the life and legacy of Biggie Smalls will hang permanently at Barclay’s center.”
Diddy screamed one more time before thanking the Net’s staff, “Make some noise for B.I.G. y’all”
At that moment the team DJ played Notorious BIG ‘Hypnotize’ for the audience while the banner was spotlighted. Fans in attendance were in awe as the moment seemed to really touch the crowd.
The commemorative banner reads ‘The Notorious BIG. 72. Spread Love, It’s the Brooklyn Way.’ The official name of the rapper, his birth year, and one of his most famous line of lyrics, which holds extreme value to the streets of BK.
The Russian-owned, prior Jay Z backed basketball team, has truly kept culture of the community in mind.
Diddy, BIG’s mother Voletta Wallace, ex-wife Faith Evans, and his children were all in attendance at half-court during the unveiling.
See video of the entire event below, here on PopularHipHop.com now.