BET is honoring The Notorious B.I.G. on the 20th anniversary of his untimely passing with daylong programming that will feature the late rapper’s friends, collaborators, and fans. The celebration will air on Thursday (March 9), and will feature appearances by Lil Cease, Raekwon, DJ Premier, 112, Stevie J, DJ Clark Kent, and Funkmaster Flex, who will participate in a special titled ‘I talked to Biggie’.
Biggie’s frequent collaborator Mister Cee also shared a special memory in the episode. “I’m six months behind in rent,” he says (via Billboard). “I never told him a number. I go see the accountant the next day and he had a check for me for $10,000.”
Remy Ma, Fat Joe, Trey Songz, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, The-Dream, Syd, Jason Derulo, Dej Loaf, and Method Man will also take part in ‘Kick in the Lyrics,’ a video tribute modeled after ‘kick in the door’. The music stars will all perform acapella versions of the classic first verse from Biggie’s “Juicy”.
Biggie died in a still-unresolved shooting in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997.