'20 BIG Years' Celebrates The Notorious B.I.G.'s Life In Art In Brooklyn

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Can’t believe that it has been twenty years, man. The life of the Notorious B.I.G., better known as Christopher Wallace, was larger than anything in hip-hop. His life was cut extremely short by four bullets on this very day on 1997 in a drive-by slaying as he left a party after the Soul Train Music Awards.

Now, his homeland of Bedford-Stuyvesant will celebrate the Livest One with an art exhibit paying homage to Frank White’s greatness and to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his murder. “We definitely feel Biggie deserves that honor,” Steven Dunn Jr., one of the two owners of The Bishop Gallery on Bedford Avenue, said during a walkthrough in the space.

Curated by Dunn and Erwin John, two Bed-Stuy natives, 20 BIG Years will feature 15 artists who will showcase works inspired by the multi-platinum legend who was taken away from the world too soon at the age of 24. “Art immortalizes people in a certain way,” Dunn said. “What B.I.G. might not have known was the impact and inspiration he would have on art, fine art and visual art, from fashion to everything.”

The homage will also include a debut screening of Bedford and Quincy with footage of B.I.G.’s old stomping grounds and of him hanging with local rap heroes like DJ 50 Grand and the Old Gold Brothers.

20 BIG Years opens tomorrow on Friday and runs through Sunday.

H/T: NY Daily News