News: Notorious B.I.G.'s Daughter Remembers Big Poppa, Names Fave Biggie Smalls Record [Video]

Friday, Mar 9, 2012 11:00AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

15 years later after his death, the late Notorious B.I.G.'s 18 year-old daughter, T'yanna Wallace, spoke on her father's legacy this week and how she has fallen in love with his music the older she becomes.


After a decade and a half following his death, Wallace reflected on her father's legacy and  revealed her all-time favorite Notorious B.I.G. record.

"When I first started listening to it, it wasn't like that, but the older I get, I swear I fall in love with his music more and more and more and more. I'm like, talent out the butt," T'yanna said when asked if she was amazed at her father's lyrical prowess growing up. "[My favorite B.I.G. song so far?] It changes all the time. Right now, currently, still, 'Machine Gun Funk' is my favorite song. ... That is my all-time favorite." (Hot 97)

As the story goes, T'yanna's birth forced Biggie to continue hustling shortly before making his way into the music industry.

On August 8, 1993, Wallace's longtime girlfriend gave birth to his first child, T'yanna. Wallace continued selling drugs after the birth to support his daughter financially. Once Sean "Diddy" Combs discovered this, he was made to quit. Wallace gained exposure later in the year on a remix to Mary J. Blige's single "Real Love", under the pseudonym The Notorious B.I.G., the name he would record under for the remainder of his career, after finding the original moniker "Biggie Smalls" was already in use. (Wikipedia)

In the intro of B.I.G.'s "Juicy" verse, he lets listeners know how hard he fought to support his daughter.

"Yea...this album is dedicated to all the teachers that told me I'd never amount to nothing, to all the people that lived above the buildings that I was hustling in front of that called the police on me when I was just trying to make some money to feed my daughter. And all the n*ggas in the struggle, you know what I'm saying?" ("Juicy")

T'yanna's name is also mentioned in raps like West Coast rapper Game's "Good Girls Go Bad" record.

"Since Big ain't here, I'm about to do it for T'yanna/And put roses on the grave of Kanye's mama/This for all the lost girls locked up in the pen/All the girls that hold it down, getting beat on by they man/Respect women, I don't care if they a 2 or a 10." ("Good Girls Go Bad")

Check out T'yanna Wallace's interview below:

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