For those who loved Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace, listening to his music can be therapeutic.
In 1997, the rapper died at the age of 24 in a Los Angeles drive-by shooting. Still unsolved, his legacy resulted in a plethora of albums, films, documentaries and tributes.
At the forefront of keeping his memory alive is Faith Evans, who was married to the star at the time of his death.
Her new album, titled The King & I is a compilation of songs with her singing along to B.I.G.’s vocals and feature appearances. Evans hopes to keep his name alive while also showing the timeless nature of his lyricism.
“I remember telling Ms. Wallace years ago that one day it would be really dope if I could do something similar to Natalie & Nat King Cole’s ‘Unforgettable’,” Evans said in a statement.
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“Knowing the love that B.I.G. had for Tyanna & Ceejay, I feel it’s my duty to uphold and extend his legacy, especially his musical contributions. This project is my creative reflection of the love we had and bond we will always have.”
Favorites from the album include “When We Party” featuring Snoop Dogg and “Lovin’ You for Life” featuring Lil Kim. The former Mrs. Wallace is also set to honor the 20th anniversary of BIG’s passing with an all-star tribute performance at Hot 97’s annual Summer Jam concert in NYC this June.
Watch our interview with her above to listen for yourself!