Thursday, March 17, 2011
THURSDAY, 10 MARCH 2011 04:51 AMIR SHAW
The state of hip-hop changed forever on the night thatChristopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace was killed. Thirteen years after the death of Biggie, his family members, fans and several prominent New York hip-hop artists paid tribute to one of the most gifted lyricists to ever pick up a mic at Santos in New York.
Rolling out magazine was on hand at the event and got reactions about the tribute from Jane Jackson (the mother of Biggie's first child), Raekwon (member of the Wu-Tang Clan), Lil Cease (Biggie's right-hand man) and George Tillman Jr. (Director of Notorious). –amir shaw
Mother of Biggie's first child
Biggie's mother started the Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation in 1997. We do things to give back to the community. We give books to schools, take kids on trips and host basketball leagues. It's a way for us to keep his legacy alive. But Biggie's impact was that he set the example for hip-hop. He set the bar higher and made rappers come stronger.
Member of the Wu-Tang Clan
"He was a dope lyricist. We all came in the game together. I first heard him when he performed on Super Cat's song 'Dolly My Baby.' He's an icon in our business. We have to take the time to pay tribute to him and keep him alive for the new generation. We need to make a hip-hop holiday for Biggie."
Biggie's right-hand man/member of Junior Mafia
"Back at the time when Biggie and I was coming up, we never thought they it would take off like it did. But he was able to get his music to Mister Cee and Diddy. Once Diddy taught Biggie how to make records, it was history in the making. Biggie was responsible for the rebirth of New York rap. If Biggie was still living, he would be showing people how to open doors. Every new artist now want a record label, but Biggie had Undeas Records back in the '90s. We have to make sure we pay respect to Biggie every year. There should be a national Biggie day."
George Tillman Jr.
Director of the film, Notorious
"When making the film Notorious, I found out that people really respected Biggie as a man. He took care of a lot of family and friends. Biggie's music is still around today because he tells stories with his music. That has a lot to do with his mom listening to country music when he was growing up, There are great stories in country music. He was good from a technical standpoint and was the combination of the ultimate artist. If Biggie was still here, he would have his own record label and other businesses. Before he died, he was about to open his own clothing line before Diddy came out with Sean Jean. He would be a top entrepreneur in rap."
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
The Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation, Inc. was founded in 1997 by Ms. Voletta Wallace; the mother of the late Christopher G.L. Wallace, a.k.a the NOTORIOUS B.I.G.
Christopher G.L. Wallace was killed on March 9th 1997 in Los Angeles California. Through the love, admiration and dedication The CWMF will thrive towards its goals and through the support of its contributors the growth of educational success will be FOREVER B.I.G.
The expressed purpose of The Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation, Inc. is to serve as a vehicle for giving back to the community. As a non-profit organization its primary target will be in the field of education. Where academics are concerned B.I.G. will be acronyms for:
“Books Instead of Guns”.
The Christopher Wallace memorial foundation, Inc. will target the minds
of the youths by providing scholarships and grants. The CWMF will provide books, computers and various learning instruments to schools, daycare centers and mentor programs
The initial goal of The Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation, Inc. is to build and establish a community center in the neighborhood in which Christopher G.L. Wallace was born and raised, Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn, New York. The center will provide a daycare center, after-school tutoring and a computer-training program.
To some our task may appear too big, overwhelming and impossible, but if there is no struggle there is no progress and for those of us here at The Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation, Inc. to THINK B.I.G. is our mission, our goal, our reason for being.
If you believe in our stated mission, then we invite you to come join with us in our quest to equip and elevate the children of today. Giving hope and shining the light on what many see as a dark and dismal future. Join us in creating and restoring smiles on the faces that have been stained with tears of sadness. Join us in our fight to build confidence, pride and self-awareness.
Please take this step with us, your support will go a long way in providing the means for our children, young men and women to believe in themselves and continue to THINK B.I.G.