When C.J. Wallace, the 20-year-old son of late rapper Notorious B.I.G., appeared at the Billboard Music Awards to pay tribute to his pop, his height, maturity, and surprisingly deep voice elicited surprised cheers from the crowd.
C.J. Wallace onstage at the Billboard Music Awards
His words were few but impactful: “I know my father is looking down on all of us tonight. And all of this love and support, my sister and I carry on his name with tremendous pride, and I live my life by his words.”
C.J., who was just over four months old when his father was killed, is an aspiring actor and rapper who first appeared on the silver screen to play a young version of Biggie in the 2009 movie Notorious and recently charmed viewers in the independent film Kicks.
Kicks director Justin Tipping told The Daily Beast that C.J. is a natural actor. "After week one, it was just, ‘C.J., give me five different versions of this,’ and he’d nail every one," he said.
While on stage to introduce C.J., his father's label boss Sean "Diddy" Combs announced the June 25 release of a new documentary about Biggie and the rise of Bad Boy Records called Can't Stop Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story and showed the trailer. The film marks the 20th anniversary of the label and includes backstage and performance footage from last year's epic Bad Boy reunion shows at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Meanwhile, there's new music to enjoy: C.J.'s mother, R&B star Faith Evans, has just released The King & I, an album of posthumous duets with Biggie.