Biggie To Receive ASCAP Founders Award

Faith Evans and Biggie's mom Voletta Wallace will accept the honor for the late rap icon during an ASCAP ceremony later this month.

The ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards will honor the late rap legend Notorious B.I.G with a founders award later this month, reports Billboard.

The performing rights organization said Thursday that the rapper [who was born Christopher Wallace in New York City and killed in 1997] will receive its ASCAP Founders Award on June 22 at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. It will be its 30th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace, his children, and his widow, R&B singer Faith Evans [ who released a duet album with Biggie called the “King And I”] will accept the award on his behalf…

“Biggie was a legend in his own time and his legacy lives on through his music,” said ASCAP President Paul Williams. “Like all songwriters, he was a master storyteller, but it was the realism in his rhymes that captured so many.”

The award announcement for the “One More Chance” and “Mo Money Mo Problems” legend — which follows the 20th anniversary of his death — coincides with news about the rapper’s and Evans’ 20-year-old son Christopher Jordan Wallace releasing his debut album, reports the New York Daily News.

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