To celebrate the Notorious B.I.G. on the anniversary of his death, his estate has announced an NFT collection.
The 24-year-old was gunned down on March 9th, 1997, in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles nearly a year after his rival, Tupac Shakur, was gunned down in Las Vegas. Their deaths brought to an end a nasty feud that escalated to diss records and an earlier attempt on Tupac’s life.
Wednesday marked the 25th anniversary of Biggie’s death, which was also the day his estate announced the first NFT collection honoring the Brooklyn MC in collaboration with OneOf, a Web3 company backed by music icon Quincy Jones.
Voletta Wallace, Biggie’s mother, has fought endlessly to keep her son’s name alive in the years since his death. She expressed her excitement regarding the project, which will “memorialize” the “One More Chance” star.
A portion of the proceeds from the collection will benefit The Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation, which provides inner-city youth access to educational resources and opportunities.
While Biggie’s estate was happy to convey the news, many fans slammed the announcement. Under the Instagram post, followers voiced their opposition and questioned why the collection was being released.
“This is wrong on every level,” one IG user wrote.
Nevertheless, it remains to be seen what all the collection will entail. Let’s continue to keep B.I.G.’s legacy alive by streaming one of his biggest hits, “Big Poppa,” below.