The Lead Up to The Shooting
‘This is our first time hearing “Hypnotize” in the club,’ Diddy, formerly known as Puff Daddy, recalled while visibly holding back tears.
Biggie Smalls, also known as The Notorious B.I.G., and Diddy were celebrating the release of Biggie’s first single on his upcoming album Life After Death. Biggie’s first album on Bad Boy Records, Ready to Die, was already considered a classic.
“We just got loose, we felt too comfortable,” Diddy said. When you consider where they were and other recent events, the two should have been on high alert.
It was only six months earlier when an unknown gunman in Las Vegas killed Tupac Shakur. Shakur and Biggie used to be good friends until Tupac accused Biggie of setting him up.
On March 9, 1997, Biggie Smalls Died
While leaving an after-party in Los Angeles, California, an unknown suspect gunned down Biggie.
At only 24 years old, Biggie wore the crown as the “King of New York” City. His reign came to an end as doctors pronounced him dead less than an hour after the shooting.
Canibus’ famous diss track to LL Cool J will forever be immortalized for the line where he said that one of the greatest rappers of all time, Biggie, born Christopher Wallace, “died on March 9th.”
Diddy releases Biggie Tribute
“He was supposed to go to London the next day, and then he was like ‘I never got to chill with you,’” Diddy recalled. Diddy encouraged Biggie to proceed with the trip, but Biggie missed the flight.
Holding back tears, Diddy said, “when we left out of there… I was in a state of shock. The day I made Missing You, that was the first day I went out of the house.”
Diddy Performs “I’ll Be Missing You”
“I’ll Be Missing You,” featured Biggie’s widow, R&B singer Faith Evans, as well as R&B group 112. It hit #1 on music charts all across the world. They all performed a touching tribute along with Sing at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1997.
Diddy Declares March 9th Biggie Day
Diddy says he made the record “to make sure the world would know that he’s a legend forever. Now when this thing is over, we can induct it in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”
“I’ll Be Missing you,” was featured on Diddys Grammy Award-winning album “No Way Out,” which included the song “Victory” where Biggie reminded fans of his microphone prowess. Biggies’ album, Life After Death, was also nominated for Grammy.
Back in 2010, Diddy told MTV News that he wanted to turn March 9th into a national holiday. “March 9 is Biggie Day,” Diddy declared.