On the 20th anniversary of his death, Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.) paid tribute to rapper Biggie Smalls, who was professionally known as Notorious B.I.G., by reciting the lyrics to his 1994 song “Juicy” on the House Floor Thursday.
“Biggie Smalls, Frank White, the King of New York. He died 20 years ago today in a tragedy that occurred in Los Angeles. But his words live on forever,” Jeffries said alongside a printed photo of Biggie Smalls on the House floor.
“I got the privilege of representing the district where Biggie Smalls was raised. We know he went from negative to positive and emerged as one of the world most important hip hop stars. His rags-to-riches life story is the classic embodiment of the American dream,” Jeffries continued. “Biggie Smalls is gone but he will never be forgotten. Rest in piece Notorious B.I.G. Where Brooklyn at?”
— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) March 10, 2017
Jeffries was not alone in his tribute, as other members of Congress also shared messages on social media honoring the rapper. New York Rep. Yvette Clarke, who represents the 9th congressional district, which also is located in Brooklyn, also shared lyrics to “Juicy” in a Twitter tribute:
“I like the life I live / I went from negative to positive and if it’s all good / if you don’t know / now you know.” #NotoriousBIG”
— Yvette D. Clarke (@RepYvetteClarke) March 10, 2017
— Yvette D. Clarke (@RepYvetteClarke) March 9, 2017
And Republican Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse shared his own tribute, tweeting, “RIP Biggie. (He changed the game.)” Thursday morning.
(He changed the game.)
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) March 9, 2017
When your representative in congress recognizes you for your rap skills, you know you are truly worthy of the moniker, ‘The King of New York,” rest-in-peace Big!