Brooklyn rapper Lil’ Kim recently talked about the life of her late rap mentor Notorious B.I.G. and how she is finally able to celebrate his legacy 16 years after his untimely passing.
Kim said the loss of her longtime friend/collaborator has stuck to her since the fatal March 9, 1997 shooting.
When the Queen Bee appeared on “RapFix Live” on Wednesday, she fielded a question from Bun B, who lost his UGK partner in rhyme Pimp C back in 2007. “How was it dealing with the loss of Biggie for you in this industry,” Bun asked Kim in a pre-taped video. “Bun B, that’s a very tough question because it took me so long — super long to deal with the loss of a person who was such a huge impact in my life,” she said. The Notorious B.I.G. was tragically murdered on March 9, 1997 and while his passing saddened the hip-hop community as a whole, each year, fans, DJs, club promoters and other artists acknowledge March 9 as a day of celebration for Big’s life and music. (MTV)
She also revealed plans to celebrate his legacy Saturday (March 9) night.
Kim first made her mark as a part of Biggie’s Junior Mafia crew, and at one time, she carried on an intimate relationship with the fallen MC. On Saturday, Kim will celebrate, for the first time ever, at club Glazz in Queens, New York. “That’s my first event ever on March 9 because I used to get offered events a lot and I said ‘no,’ ” she said. “I never celebrate that day. It’s so funny because I can always feel when that day is approaching. I get so depressed. I get so sad. It happens before March, in February. I can feel it coming and I used to all say ‘no.’ “So to answer Bun B, I’m just now getting over that fact, and it’s how many years later,” she said. (MTV)
In 2011, Kim reflected on how much of an impact the late rap icon had on society.
“I will say this though, I will say that I always felt like Biggie and Tupac’s deaths were bigger than how they tried to make it out to believe it to be,” Kim explained in an interview. “It’s bigger than [former Death Row Records owner] Suge Knight being involved. I think it was even over his head. Them two were very powerful guys. They both could have ran for mayor just like Arnold Schwarzenegger and probably [have] won. You know, I think the government was looking at it like, ‘We could not have these two hood dudes with this much power running for mayor and something like that and winning.’ They would have lost control I think. I think it was way deeper than what people would like it to be.” (Lady T Video)
Recently, Notorious’ ex-wife Faith Evans spoke on his unsolved murder.
While the case is inactive, Faith hasn’t given up hope that Biggie’s murder will be solved. “We haven’t laid it to rest. We still very much want to see the person responsible brought to justice. That means more to us than anything,” said Faith, who’s spent millions on lawyers throughout the years. “There’s no point in paying lawyers’ fees and the LAPD isn’t really cooperating.” Wendy Williams also brought up the “love triangle” between her, Biggie, and Lil’ Kim, who she caught in bed with her husband. “Let’s just say I was there for the rest of the day cooking Christmas dinner, although I knew that was one of the last times I’d spend with him like that,” said Faith of that day. (Rap-Up)