On Friday night (Sept. 13), Optimo helped friends and family of the Notorious B.I.G. celebrate the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking Ready To Die, the rapper’s debut album released in 1994.
Members of Biggie's family -- Voletta Wallace, his mother, and CJ Wallace and T’Yanna Wallace, his son and daughter -- were joined at the William Vale Hotel Westlight Lounge by artists like Lil Kim, Rick Ross, Faith Evans and more to help honor B.I.G.’s everlasting legacy.
One of today's hottest rappers speaks to Biggie’s lasting, "classic" influence. “He blew my mind,” Ross tells Billboard about Biggie’s legacy. “If Biggie we’re here right now, I wish I could tell him that. Even on the way here, we were just talking about how he’s the first rapper we heard to use the word ‘stupendous.’ The wordplay is next level. The flows are so grimy, yet so classic. He will live on.”