Once the news broke that the legendary MC The Notorious B.I.G. was being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, many supporters including his widow Faith Evans and close friends Diddy and Lil Kim celebrated the moment. Voletta Wallace, mother the late great rapper, praised the epic feat as well.
In an interview with Billboard released on Thursday (January 16), Biggie’s mom candidly expressed her emotions joy and gratitude along with sorrow. “Today, I’m feeling great,” she said.
“As a mother, I’m extremely proud his accomplishments. You know, I still see such a young man at a young age, and sadly, he’s not here to witness all this. But it’s an astute honor, and as a mother, I’m just elated for that.”
Wallace went on to highlight the authenticity many respected about B.I.G.’s music. “Many his songs] speak truth,” she declares. “It might be gritty, and maybe the language is so out there, but he was honest. There was nothing fake about what he was doing. I think for such a young man to resonate such honesty in his lyrics is awesome.”
The Brooklyn-bred lyricist was at the forefront helping Hip Hop grow into the global phenomenon it is now, but at the time rap was not the leading genre in music.
“Rap is respected. We are in a changing time now. People’s thoughts are different,” Wallace said. “When you put it out there, there’s so much respect for it now].
Biggie’s historical legacy is etched in stone. Movies, books and music have all be created from his rap career. The 2020 Hall Of Fame class will not only include B.I.G., but Whitney Houston, Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Nine Inch Nails and T. Rex.
Wallace concluded, “This legacy was trusted to me, and I have to respect it. I couldn’t walk away from his legacy, so I have to care for it, I have to love it, and I have to respect it.”