NEW YORK – “G.O.A.T.” – the first new song from The Notorious B.I.G. in 17 years is out today, one day before what would have been the iconic rapper’s 50th birthday.
Global superstar Ty Dolla $ign supplies a verse on the Afrobeats-influenced track while rising Nigerian R&B star Bella Alubo delivers the hooks. Biggie, a.k.a. Christopher Wallace, appears on the song in samples from “I Love The Dough,” a fan favorite from his diamond-certified 1997 album, Life After Death. The song will be available tomorrow from digital and streaming services.
Ty Dolla $ign says, “Being on a song with Biggie has been a dream of mine since I was a kid. The song title is fitting of him…the G.O.A.T. Happy Birthday, Big. We miss you!”
“It’s wonderful to witness my son’s music reimagined for his fans and today’s generation of young men and women to embrace his art, says Voletta Wallace. “I appreciate the hard work of all involved in bringing together the perfect blend of voices and music to this song, G.O.A.T.”
Elliot Osagie, Founder and Chairman of Benin City Entertainment, who has worked closely with Voletta Wallace and the Biggie Estate for just under a decade and who co-created the new song, notes, “One of the things I’ve learned building Biggie’s audience all these years is his global impact. We wanted to create a song that paid homage to that impact, hence the Afrobeats theme.”
New music isn’t the only way people are celebrating the life and legacy of The Notorious B.I.G., a.k.a. Christopher Wallace. Tomorrow, in his hometown of New York City, the Empire State Building will change the historic landmark’s lights to red and white. There will also be a crown spinning in its mast that will illuminate Manhattan and pay homage to Biggie’s debut multi-platinum album, Ready to Die.
Today, the Empire State Building, in partnership with Bad Boy / Atlantic / Rhino Records and The Christopher Wallace Estate, will host a ceremony that will include Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace, his children (CJ and Tyanna Wallace), his dear friend James Lloyd (Lil’ Cease), and Kimberly Denise Jones (Lil Kim). Other close friends, collaborators, and hip-hop luminaries, that were instrumental in Biggie’s meteoric success will also be in attendance.
The New York celebration will continue on June 10 when Lincoln Center, in partnership with Bad Boy / Atlantic / Rhino Records and The Christopher Wallace Estate, hosts an orchestral tribute to The Notorious B.I.G. The creative black-tie event will feature music arranged and conducted by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, with appearances by The Originals and several special guests. The event will be free to the public, and fans can also experience the show through an exclusive live stream on Twitch.