If alive, The Notorious B.I.G. would have turned 47 on Tuesday, March 21. And while his birthday (and the anniversary of his death honestly) is something of a special holiday for Hip-Hop fans and folks from Brooklyn, it has an extra special meaning for the late rapper’s protégé and former lover, Lil Kim. To honor him and the occasion, Kim hosted what would go on to be the first annual B.I.G. Family Dinner in NYC last night.
Though it was titled a family function, it seems the only person related to the rapper who was present was his daughter, T’yanna Wallace. There was no sign of Faith Evans, their son, Christopher Jordan Wallace, or B.I.G.’s mother, Voletta Wallace. Guests who were present included former Bad Boy artists Styles P and Jadakiss (no Diddy though), Fat Joe, Fabolous, DJ Mister Cee and Kim’s daughter, Royal Reign. Also present were all of the members of Junior M.A.F.I.A., including Lil Cease. His presence was a pretty big deal because he once testified against Lil Kim when she was on trial for lying to a federal grand jury about a shooting outside of Hot 97 in 2001. She was eventually convicted of perjury and conspiracy and served a one-year sentence. When she got out, they didn’t communicate for more than a decade. At the party, Cease apologized for the breakdown of their relationship.
“I apologize for things I may have done that may have hurt you or affected you or made you feel bad,” he said, according to VIBE. “I genuinely apologize, and I love you from the bottom of my heart. I thank you for bringing this energy here.”
Overall, the night seemed to be one filled with positive energy. The guests weren’t necessarily blood, but they were clearly family to one another — and B.I.G. Hit the flip to see photos from the soiree:
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