T'yanna Wallace Reminisces On Her Fathers Life After Death; Tribute
She's a Hip-Hop and R & B fan who loves T.I., Young Jeezy, The Game, and Jay-Z, but unlike her peers, her father is a legend, a Hip-Hop immortal whose image is plastered on walls from Tokyo to Harlem and whose lyrics have created a blueprint for some of today's leading Hip-Hop artists.
A decade after Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace was tragically gunned down in Los Angeles his legacy has passed on to his children and although his eldest child, T'yanna may not have been old enough to remember much of her father his presence has never been more prominent.
"It feels good," Wallace said. "I can't explain how it feels, but I just know it feels good. Just that my father did something and that he was so good at it that he's considered the greatest.""
Across the country this weekend various events will be held to celebrate the life of Notorious B.I.G. on the 10th Anniversary of his passing.
A number of mixtapes will be released this week including a mixtape by Mick Boogie and Terry Urban of the League Crew entitled Unbelievable: A Tribute to Biggie Smalls. The mixtape, which will be hosted by Sean "P Diddy" Combs will include original beats, remixes, and special guest appearances.
Another mixtape, produced by the Frank White Collective, will combine surrealistic gangster stories and sinister musical landscapes to create a unique piece for Notorious B.I.G.S. anniversary. The mixtape, March 9, can be downloaded online on March 9 at www.march9rip.com.
DJ Mister Cee, who crafted a "Best of Biggie." CD 10 years ago, has created a new double CD set available free on mixtapekings.com.
The DJ is credited with discovering Biggie. He's also playing a master mix from 8 pm - 10 pm on New York's Hot 97.
"It will be a celebration of his music," Mister Cee told the New York Daily News. "One thing about Biggie's songs that not everyone remembers is that even though he could be hard-core, he always did party records, too, feel-good records. I'll be playing those on the show."
While Hip-Hop heads will celebrate the life of Notorious B.I.G. at clubs blaring hits like "Warning" and "Who Shot Ya?" and producers tweak remixes for anniversary mixtapes; Notorious B.I.G.S. family will remember him in a more subtle manner.
"Well, he was cremated and usually the two urns are at my grandmother's who lives right next door to me," T'yanna Wallace said. "So usually I'll go out and I'll buy flowers and I'll just walk over there and put them on the urn."
Wallace, who only a baby at the time made in appearance in her father's video for "Juicy" still gets a little excited when she sees one of her father's videos on TV.
"It makes me feel good, like I could just be flicking through the channels, stop and be like, 'Oh, that's my dad on TV!' you know," Wallace said. "It makes me feel proud."
Although being the child of one of Hip-Hop's greats may have its perks, the reality is that not every one is going to be positive.
"I wish I got special treatment, like good grades," Wallace said. "I don't get special treatment from my teachers, I don''t get special treatment from anybody. Some people don't care, some people do care, some people are jealous."
Wallace was only three years-old when her father died so she may have been too young to fully absorb all that her father stood for, but now 10 years later she sees the greatness.
"I just always want him to be remembered as the greatest and if not the greatest in their eyes then someone who was passionate and good at what they do," Wallace said.