Twenty years ago today (March 9), the world tragically lost a legend who would later go on to inspire and influence an immeasurable amount of musicians and still be fondly remembered as an innovator two decades later.
In memory of the iconic emcee fondly known as the Notorious B.I.G., many took to social media to reflect on his legacy, with those lucky enough to have met or worked with him reminiscing on the good ol' days.
While Diddy, who is credited with first discovering Biggie and signing him to Bad Boy Records, began a social media campaign by launching the hashtag #WeMissYouBIG and inspiring fans to share their favorite verses, others got nostalgic by reposting photos of the rapper from the archives. Considering the fact that "the greatest rapper of all time died on March 9th," it's no surprise Instagram and Twitter are overflowing with memories today.
"i learned of his tragic death from @angiemartinez on hot97 upon arrival from LA after winning 4 soul train awards.. i haven't seen those awards as they are sadly connected to a great joy followed by an incredible sadness. your influence lives on and brooklyn will never forget" #brooklyn #gemini #badboy #biggiesmalls #notoriousbig #20yearanniversary #restinpeace
Greatest rapper of All time died on March 9th .. God bless his soul R.I.P. B.I.G. .. because of him now at least I know what beef is— Danny Brown (@xdannyxbrownx) March 9, 2017
Why so many Biggie references in Hamilton? Because as a storyteller, he's unmatched. He set the bar: we're all reaching for it. #RIPBig— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) March 9, 2017
R.I.P. to the Notorious B.I.G. - You are missed!! pic.twitter.com/MVdU8cVQCq— Cypress Hill ™ (@cypresshill) March 9, 2017
My MONTHLY party #BowlTrain rolls on the track tonight at @BrooklynBowl paying tribute to one of the illest: 20 years ago today we lost one of the best ever: #NotoriousBIG tonight I spin the music of #BIG #BadBoyRecords & the production of #Diddy & #TheHitmen making music for 25 years. Come On Down! #RipBiggie #WeMissYouBig
Where’s the Biggie party in NY tonight ? Might need to hit a 2 step to Juicy right quick— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) March 9, 2017
Notorious B.I.G. Saved my Life.— Fleezus Christ (@MeechIsDEAD) March 9, 2017
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