You know you’re the greatest rapper of all time when you’re still receiving awards 20 years after death.
Christopher Wallace better known as Biggie is arguably one of the greatest rappers to ever grace the mic. Needless to say, The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) will be honoring him with their most prestigious awards, the ASCAP Founders Award. This honorable award isn’t just handed to anyone, and although Biggie’s life was short lived, it’s clear he made a remarkable impact in the music industry. Other recipients of this award include Quincy Jones, Jermaine Dupri, Steven Tyler, and right the hand man to Biggie Sean “Diddy” Combs.
“Biggie was a legend in his own time and his legacy lives on through his music,” said ASCAP President Paul Williams remarks. “Like all songwriters, he was a master storyteller, but it was the realism in his rhymes that captured so many.”
This award is long over due, but worth the wait. The rapper who was viciously murdered in 1997 would have celebrated his 45th birthday this past May. In attendance to receive the award on his behalf will be his mother Ms. Voletta Wallace, widow Faith Evans, his children, as well as former managers and estate consultant Wayne Barrow and Mark Pitts.
The event sponsored by Revolt TV will take place on June 22 in Los Angeles at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel.