In a phone interview with Billboard, Biggie's mother, Voletta Wallace, expressed her delight upon hearing the news of her son's monumental feat. "Today, I'm feeling great," she said. "As a mother, I'm extremely proud of his accomplishments. You know, I still see such a young man at a young age, and sadly, he's not here to witness all this. But it's an astute honor, and as a mother, I'm just elated for that."
Set to be honored this May at Cleveland's Public Auditorium, the Class of 2020 includes a hefty list of music legends, including Nine Inch Nails, Whitney Houston, Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers and T. Rex. For Wallace, her son's inclusion, especially as a rapper, speaks volumes to his legacy and irrefutable candor as an MC.