By Valerie Victor
The Notorious B.I.G. Pop Up Shop hosted by Biggie’s daughter, Tyanna Wallace, took place at Milk River on the anniversary of the rappers death. The late rapper’s longtime friends Lil Cease, and Stevie J also hosted the event. Friends, family, and Biggie lovers remembered the Brooklyn rapper by reciting some of his best lyrics during a live Karaoke competition for a $1000 grand prize. Yandy Smith, BBOD, and Spliff Star also made appearances to pay homage to the Notorious B.I.G.
The Notorious clothing line was sold throughout the evening, and a portion of the profit was donated to the Christopher Wallace Youth and Community Initiatives program. As Cease stood on stage, he addressed all the guests and said, “We just want to do it right for B.I.G., and show him love.” During the tribute, Wallace shared her desire to expand the Notorious clothing brand, and continue to keep her father’s legacy alive.
HHW: It’s been 19 years since you father has passed. What made you decide to organize this tribute to your father, and how do you feel about the turnout this evening?
Tyanna Wallace: People loved my dad. Every March 9th, we like to celebrate his life. People will always contact us to host parties. Whether it’s me, Cease, or my step mom Faith, we are always contacted, but this year Cease said let’s just do our own party. I agreed and said we should, and that’s when we contacted Stevie J and all decided to make it happen.
HHW: At that age, did you realize or understand how monumental your father was in the Hip-Hop industry? If not, when did you realize, and how did you feel?
Tyanna Wallace: No, not at all. I’m about to be 23 in August, and it’s just now kicking in, especially within the last couple of years. I hear a biggie song on the radio almost every day in 2016, that’s crazy. My father really is a legend. I know my father has fans, he’s an amazing artist, but I just didn’t know it was so worldwide.
HHW: I heard that you really love designing clothes. Is it true that you have your own clothing line? If so, explain to me where you got the idea from.
Tyanna Wallace: Well everyone thought that Biggie’s daughter would be into music, but somehow the rap gene just skipped right over me (Laughs). I can’t rap at all, and I can’t sing, but I am really into fashion. I first had the idea when I was about to graduate from high school, and when I got to my second year in college, I really went full throttle. I started a website, had a photo shoot, and that was it. Now I have Notorious clothing.
HHW: Recently, you worked together with one of your father’s favorite clothing lines, “Coogi.” I even saw the rapper, “Kash Doll,” wearing one of your designs. Talk to me about the genesis of you partnering with “Coogi,” and some of what you’re working on with them.
Tyanna Wallace: I knew people that were working with Coogi, and the line wanted to bring their designs back and revive the line. They said that I should do a collaboration and design for them since my father is Biggie. When I heard the offer, I was 100 percent down with the idea. I was going to the Coogi office over the summer every weekend looking at strings and different styles in order to pick out what I really wanted the Notorious version to be. Everyone loves what I came up with, and I am really excited.
HHW: This entire event is designed to honor your father. If there was something that you could say to him now, what would you say?
Tyanna Wallace: Thank you, for just building this amazing name for me, for us, and for CJ and I to continue this legacy. Thank you for inspiring me to do my clothing line because the line is completely inspired by him.
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