Today marks the 20th anniversary since Notorious B.I.G. died after being gunned down in a driveway shooting in Los Angeles during the Soul Train Music Awards weekend.
This coming Sunday, the Brooklyn Nets will celebrate the life of the Biggie by paying homage to their Brooklyn native with a “Biggie Night.”
The game will be played against their city rivals the New York Knicks.
The team plans to have pregame and halftime ceremonies with his friend Sean “Diddy” Combs and his mother, Voletta Wallace attending.
They also extended an invite his two children T’Yanna and CJ Wallace and his managers Mark Pits and Wayne Barrow to attend the game too.
Barclay Center had made B.I.G.’s a “fixture” during the Nets games since the moved the team to Brooklyn in 2012.
During their home games, you can hear his songs being played before a game, at halftime and during a game too.
The stadium was also the first stop on the sold out Bad Boy Reunion Tour when it celebrated at Barclay for B.I.G.’s 44th birthday.
“We infuse Brooklyn whenever possible,” Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment told ESPN.com. “The architecture of the building speaks to the borough– 85 percent of our employees are from Brooklyn. When you think of the music we play, we obviously play tribute to artists who have made Brooklyn a home or are from Brooklyn, starting with Jay Z, Biggie and many others. It has become part of our DNA.”
Yormark did admit that the “Biggie Night” was put together quickly, but it was decided after the idea of a special tribute was tossed out.
“It was an easy decision to turn this game into a moment to celebrate Biggie,” Yormark said. “Puff Daddy will obviously be involved. So it has turned into something pretty special for us.”
Yormark continues with saying, “He’s from Brooklyn. We play his music. We consider ourselves the home of hip-hop — both Brooklyn and Barclays Center. It is very appropriate that this night takes place in Brooklyn.”
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