Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs is remembering his friend, legendary rapper Biggie Smalls, on the 20th anniversary of the musician’s death — and launching a social media movement to honor the late star.
Combs, 47, posted a moving message on Twitter to honor the “Hypnotize” lyricist, sharing old video clips of Smalls (né Christopher Wallace) and using the hashtag “#WeMissYouBIG.”
“20 years ago today we lost the greatest rapper of all time, The Notorious B.I.G. #WeMissYouBIG,” he wrote.
In the video, Combs asked fans to perform their favorite verse from Smalls and post it online.
“I’m gonna chop it up, edit it and everything, and we’re gonna put out something special with all the fans and friends and family involved, celebrating Notorious B.I.G’s life,” he said.
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Combs was Smalls’ right-hand man during his all-too-brief career. The rapper was murdered on March 9, 1997, in Los Angeles in a drive-by shooting. He was 24.
In a follow-up post, Combs praised his friend, noting that Smalls “fed a lot of families, made a lot of people dance, made a lot of people feel good.”
“On this day we’re gonna reflect on him, because we miss him,” he continued. “Twenty years later. Time heals all wounds, but this wound ain’t healed yet.”
“Why so many Biggie references in Hamilton? Because as a storyteller, he’s unmatched,” he wrote. “He set the bar: we’re all reaching for it. #RIPBig.”
Soul singer R.Kelly posted a video tribute, including photos of Smalls.
“Can’t believe it’s been 20 years ago, today, since we lost you,” Kelly wrote. “Rest in Power, Biggie.”
Girlfriend Lil’ Kim also shared vintage photos.