Courtesy PhotoCJ Wallace is continuing his father’s legacy through music and advocacy work.
The young entrepreneur was only five months old when his father and rap legend Notorious B.I.G. was fatally shot and killed. Today, at 23-years-old, Wallace says it’s a “good” and “scary” feeling seeing Biggie’s legacy all over the streets of his hometown in Brooklyn, New York.
“It feels really good,” CJ tells ABC Audio. “And it also feels really scary because I feel like he’s always there and he’s always with me and I can’t escape them. It’s a good feeling but I’m so West Coast.”
“Every time I go to New York, it’s so distinguished and known that he walked these streets, I mean, they just changed his name on the block,” he said. “Yes, it’s a crazy feeling that it feels really good.”
Born in New York, CJ was raised in Los Angeles, where he is now building his own legacy with his cannabis and social impact company, Think BIG. The company advocates for global cannabis legalization, criminal justice reform, and the reinvestment in communities harmed by the over-policing of marijuana.
As he creates his own legacy, CJ is preparing to release his own album, inspired by the music and work ethic of his dad and his mother, R&B singer Faith Evans, which offered him the “playbook” for establishing himself in the music industry.
Stepping into music, CJ recently released his single, “Big Poppa (House Mix)” from his upcoming album, Ready to Dance, which reimagines some of Biggie’s greatest hits as house music, executive produced by Wallace, Willie Mack, and Jonathan Hay.
By Rachel George
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