Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries on the House floor honoring The Notorious B.I.G., Thursday, March 9; Photo: C-Span/Twitter
If you thought Barack Obama was the only politician who appreciates hip-hop culture then you might not have heard of Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries.
On the 20th Anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.‘s murder (March 9, 1997), Jeffries, who now represents the Brooklyn district where Biggie was raised — the Clinton Hill-Bed Stuy border — took to Congress and honored the late great rapper by reciting lines from “Juicy.”
In a cool almost deadpan manner, the 46-year-old Congressman kicked the legendary verse: [WATCH BELOW]
It was all a dream, I used to read Word Up! magazine
Salt-n-Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine
Hangin’ pictures on my wall
Every Saturday Rap Attack, Mr. Magic, Marley Marl
To no applause, Jeffries then gave a brief background of The Notorious B.I.G., zeroing in on his rise from amateur street rapper to worldwide phenomenon.
It was a speech that demonstrated the beauty of the American Dream, how one can rise from modest circumstances to go on to achieve greatness. Jeffries concluded his speech with, “Where Brooklyn at?” It was a classy move that helped dignify one of the greatest rappers of all time.
The honorary speech was one in a series of homages to The Notorious B.I.G. over the weekend. An Atlanta news team peppered lyrics across a broadcast, and the Brooklyn Nets also honored the late rapper with “Biggie Night.”
The Nets invited Biggie’s mother Violetta Wallace to help retire number 72 (his birth year). The banner, which includes the line Spread love, it’s the Brooklyn way will permanently hang in the rafters at Barclays.
— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) March 10, 2017