Watch JAY-Z, Nas, and Diddy, Induct The Notorious B.I.G. into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

“The human side of him came through in his music and I think it moved the molecules in the world.”

The Notorious B.I.G. was remembered by his family and fellow rap icons at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s virtual induction ceremony last night.

The legendary Bed-Stuy rapper was inducted by his former collaborator, friend, and label chief, Diddy. “Big just wanted to be the biggest, he wanted to be the best, he wanted to have influence and impact people in a positive way, and that clearly has been done all over the world, the Bad Boy Records founder said in his segment. “Nobody has come close to the way Biggie sounds, to the way he raps, to the frequency that he hits,” Diddy added.

His segment of the ceremony included archival footage of performances and time with family, as well as testimonies from JAY-Z, Nas, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and members of his family. “He represents the Black experience, where they tell him ‘No, your hair doesn’t work, you can’t dress like that, you can’t talk like that, you can’t be.’ He said ‘Fuck that, not only am I gonna be, I’m gonna be the best,” Nas said of the late rapper. In his portion, JAY-Z recalled worrying about his own future as an artist after hearing the demos for Life After Death, describing Biggie’s writing as cinematic and “almost like Hitchcock.” Hov added, “The human side of him came through in his music, and I think it moved the molecules in the world.”

“You never thought that hip hop would take it this far. How much farther would he have taken it?” asked the Hamilton director. “It’s one of the most tragic what-ifs in the history of hip hop,” Miranda somberly stated.

Watch The Notorious B.I.G.’s children CJ and Tyanna Wallace, accept his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors below. Head over to HBO Max to watch the full ceremony.


Zo is a staff writer at Okayplayer where he covers music.

Published by

Recent Posts

Dr. Dre And Snoop Dogg Are Working On The Sequel To ‘Doggystyle’ — ‘Missionary’

While visiting Stephan A. Smith's K[no]w Mercy podcast, Snoop Dogg revealed that Dr. Dre will… Read More

October 4, 2022

Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Is Getting A 40th Anniversary Documentary

Sony Music and the estate of Michael Jackson have teamed up for a documentary to… Read More

October 4, 2022

Hitmaka on How He Became the Most Sought-After Producer in Hip-Hop

Producer Hitmaka spoke to Okayplayer about his early career, his final studio session with PnB… Read More

October 4, 2022

Ryan Coogler Considered Quitting Black Panther Sequel After Chadwick Boseman’s Death

Ryan Coogler revealed to Entertainment Weekly that he almost quit directing Black Panther: Wakanda Forever after Chadwick Boseman's… Read More

October 4, 2022

Tyler, The Creator Festival Camp Flog Gnaw Not Returning For 2022

Tyler, the Creator-hosted music festival Camp Flog Gnaw will not be held in 2022, instead… Read More

October 4, 2022

Here’s a Quick Rundown of Cardi B & JT of City Girls Spat

On Monday, Cardi B and JT of City Girls traded shots on Twitter after the… Read More

October 4, 2022