“His rags-to-riches life story is the classic embodiment of the American dream.”

Tributes appeared everywhere yesterday in honor of the 20th anniversary of Biggie Smalls’ death, including the US Congress.

New York Congressman Hakeem Jeffries honored the rapper’s legacy and described the “privilege of representing the district where Biggie Smalls was raised.”

Opening by reciting the first lines of ‘Juicy’, Jeffries called the rapper and his music an embodiment of the American dream.

“Those were the words of the late great Notorious B.I.G., Biggie Smalls, Frank White, the King of New York,” he said. “He died 20 years ago today in a tragedy that occurred in Los Angeles. But his words live on forever.”

Watch a clip of a 17-year-old Biggie freestyling in Congressman Jeffries’ district from the documentary The Art Of Rhyme below.

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