Biggie Night coming to Barclays on March 12
From Brooklyn Nets
The Nets will celebrate the life of Brooklyn-born Biggie Smalls, also known as The Notorious B.I.G. and Billboard’s “greatest rapper of all-time,” when the Nets host the New York Knicks at Barclays Center on Sunday, March 12 at 6 p.m.The evening will commemorate Biggie’s iconic legacy and the 20th anniversary of his passing on March 9, 1997.
Biggie’s closest family and friends will be in attendance to remember him throughout the night, with Sean “Diddy” Combs andBiggie’s mom Voletta Wallace paying tribute to The Notorious B.I.G. with special pre-game and halftime ceremonies. Invited guests include Biggie’s children, T’Yanna and CJ Wallace, Mark Pitts, and Wayne Barrow.
Music from Biggie and the artists he inspired will be played throughout the game, the Brooklynettes will perform two special routines, and at halftime, DJ Enuff will play for the crowd. Fans will also see a video montage commemorating Biggie’s life, and fans are encouraged to participate in the conversation on social media using #NetsBiggieNight.
“Biggie’s music played a major role in positioning Brooklyn at the forefront of the music industry, and on Sunday we will celebrate his enduring legacy,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. “There is no better place to honor him than at Barclays Center, Brooklyn’s biggest stage and the home of hip-hop.”
On behalf of the Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation, the Nets will refurbish the basketball gym at Queen of All Saints School in Brooklyn, where The Notorious B.I.G. attended middle school.
The Notorious B.I.G. Estate will also unveil Biggie’s official “Hypnotize” designer label this week with a full-scale cross-continental joint launch, culminating at “Biggie Night.” The collection will debut March 9-12 with a special pop-up shop at The Swag Shop at Barclays Center. Among the designer label’s items are limited-edition t-shirts, hoodies, bomber jackets, snapbacks, bags and other accessories.
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ABOUT THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G.:
By the age of 24, Christopher Wallace aka “The Notorious B.I.G.” changed both music and culture forever, solidifying his legacy as“the greatest rapper of all-time” according to Billboard and The Source. His 1994 full-length debut, Ready To Die, earned a quadruple-platinum certification from the RIAA, spawned the GRAMMY® Award-nominated “Big Poppa,” and stands recognized at #133 onRolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All-Time” list and #8 on the “100 Best Albums of the Nineties” as well as being included onThe Source’s “100 Best Rap Albums of All Time List,” Pitchfork’s “Top 100 Favorite Records of the 1990s,” and Time’s “Top 100 Albums of All Time.” Released posthumously following his tragic March 9, 1997 passing, Life After Death achieved a coveted RIAA Diamond Certification—one of few hip-hop albums to do so—and three GRAMMY® Award nods. The critically acclaimed biopic Notoriouscelebrated his life and attracted widespread acclaim and box office success. His influence reverberates throughout music, fashion, film, and beyond as one singular word describes his impact forever: NOTORIOUS.