Notorious B.I.G.'s daughter makes radio debut on 15th anniversary of his death
The Notorious B.I.G.'s 18-year-old daughter T'yanna Wallace made her radio debut on the 15th anniversary of the rapper's death.
"I don't personally have memories [of him]," T'yanna told New York's Hot 97 radio station on March 9. "But oh my gosh, I can't count the times my mom has told me stuff, Faith [Evans] is telling me stuff... any member of Junior M.A.F.I.A., my grandma, it's just like they have talked about him enough over time that I can basically feel like I know the stories."
T'yanna was born on August 8, 1993 to the rapper, whose real name was Christopher George Latore Wallace, and his longtime girlfriend Jan Jackson. Though she was left a substantial amount of money from her father's estate, T'yanna studies business at Penn State and doesn't rely on her inheritance.
"I work at the school cafeteria. I don't need a job, but honestly, I'm independent," she said. "If I want extra pocket money I don't feel like I should have to call anyone and be like, 'Can I transfer...' No, I'll just make my own money."
T'yanna wasn't the late rapper's only child. Wallace welcomed son Christopher "C.J. Wallace Jr. on October 29, 1996 with his then-wife, singer Faith Evans. The 15-year-old portrayed his the younger version of his father in the 2009 film "Notorious," while Jamal Woolard portrayed the rapper as an adult.
Wallace, who was also known as Biggie Smalls, was reportedly having an affair with rapper Lil' Kim at the time his son was born. Lil' Kim told TMZ that she was mourning him on the 15th anniversary of his death.
"I will celebrate him every single day of my life ... I have endless love for him and I'll be grateful and thankful to him until my last day," Kim told TMZ. "I love him ... and will never stop loving him."
Wallace was shot dead at age 24 in a vehicle as it left a music industry party at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. The killer was never found.
In January, it was reported that an investigation into the slaying of the East Coast rapper, whose real name is Christopher Wallace and who is also known as Biggie Smalls, had been "reinvigorated" due to new information that had surfaced."
According to the documents recently posted on the FBI's website, informants told the FBI that corrupt police officers may have been involved in the killing of the rapper. During the investigation, agents also conducted surveillance on a San Diego man who they thought may have fired the fatal shots at Wallace.
Following the release of the FBI documents, Los Angeles police said they have no new leads in the case but that the department's investigation remains open, the Los Angeles Times said.
The FBI's probe was closed in 2005. That year, a wrongful death lawsuit was filed against the city of Los Angeles by his mother. She accused Los Angeles of suppressing evidence on the role two LAPD officers may have had in the shooting. She and her family dismissed the federal lawsuit in 2010, which the rapper's family's attorney said was done in order for authorities to investigate the case further.
A 2005 trial ended with a mistrial after the family's lawyer discovered the city had withheld a trove of LAPD documents, the Associated Press reported.
Many conspiracy theories regarding the killing have surfaced over the years. Most of them involve members of the hip hop world and cite longtime rivalries between East and West Coast rappers.
Wax figures of the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur, a New York-born and California-based rapper who was killed in 1996 in Las Vegas during a drive-by shooting that is also still unsolved, were displayed together at Madame Tussauds' Washington, D.C. museum in the spring of 2010.
A 2002 documentary film called "Biggie and Tupac" addressed their similar deaths as well as the East Coast-West Coast rapper rivalries that were apparent during their final years.
The Notorious B.I.G. was nominated for a Best Solo Rap Performance at the Grammys twice, once in 1996 for "Big Poppa" and again 1998 for "Hypnotize. His final solo album "Life After Death" was released shortly after his death on March 26 and went on to sell more than 10 million copies.