The Brooklyn rapper’s dedication to make life for his first born is evident in Netflix’s doc ‘Biggie: I Got A Story To Tell.’ Here’s what it is advisable find out about her.
You solely need to take heed to the lyrics of The Notorious B.I.G.’s 1994 basic “Juicy” to know that the late rapper adored his daughter, T’yanna Wallace. Not solely did he gush about her on the observe, she additionally made a quick look within the video. “Livin’ life without fear. Puttin’ five karats in my baby girl’s ear,” will eternally be a celebration of his skill to offer for his household after changing into a profitable rap artist.
In Netflix’s new documentary, Biggie: I Got A Story To Tell (which premieres on the streaming service on March 1), viewers will get to see The Notorious B.I.G.’s rise to fame. That consists of previous pictures of his now 27-year-old daughter.
But, whereas a lot is understood about Christopher Wallace, aka Biggie Smalls, the Brooklyn native who was tragically killed in March 1997 at simply 24, T’yanna is much less well-known. Here’s what we all know concerning the clothier, who’s utilizing her expertise to make a reputation for herself whereas celebrating her dad’s legacy:
1. Who is T’yanna Wallace’s mom?
Biggie Smalls’ mom Voletta Wallace mentions T’yanna’s mother, Jan Jackson, within the Netflix doc whereas reminiscing about her son changing into a father. “Jan was visiting the house. From what I gather that was his ‘girlfriend’ and, all of a sudden, they broke up,” she mentioned concerning the romance. “He was at the studio but he came home. He goes, ‘Ma, Ma… Jan’s pregnant.’”
Ms. Wallace, who was born in Jamaica earlier than immigrating to the U.S. as a teen, admitted that she was involved about how her son (who was on the cusp of fame), deliberate to assist his baby. “Are you in a position to be a father…?” she requested him.
It appears that, regardless that he died when T’yanna was nonetheless a toddler, Biggie was nonetheless in a position to present for his baby. “T’yanna has a trust fund in place for her education to make sure that that happens the way her father wanted,” Jan advised Hot 97 in a 2012 interview, which you’ll see above. She additionally made it clear that her “daughter’s taken care of by her father.”
During the interview with the radio station, Jan additionally shared particulars of her romance with Biggie. “I had my daughter when I was 22-years-old,” she mentioned. “I was 22. He was 21. We had been together for four years already, so it wasn’t a fly by night thing. We had a relationship. We talked about it. It wasn’t something that happened and then we went with it.”
2. T’yanna doesn’t keep in mind her dad, however she appears like she is aware of him.
T’yanna revealed what she is aware of about her father’s persona in a 2017 Hot 97 interview. “That’s the best thing about my mom and my stepmom Faith [Evans]…and all my dad’s friends,” she mentioned. “They’re all in my life so I hear stories all the time so I…do get the idea of who he was. I know that he was a funny person. He was jokey. I don’t ever feel like someone can come up to me and [I’d] be like, ‘I don’t really know how my dad was.’ No, I get it. He was just a big bundle of joy and everyone loved him and everyone loved being around him.”
3. What does T’yanna do for a residing?
T’yanna runs Notoriouss, a clothes boutique in Brooklyn, New York. “I’ve always been into fashion, since high school…” she advised iHeartwork Radio. “I went to Penn State. My major was business and then around my sophomore year I was like I really want to start a clothing line and I really want to do something dedicated and kinda inspired by my dad. So that’s how the name Notoriouss came out and that’s how I started doing my clothing line straight from college. I wanted to do something where I could continue his legacy and I don’t do music, so it wasn’t going to be that. So, I wanted to do something that would keep his name alive and also have me included in it.”
4. She isn’t Biggie’s solely baby.
T’yanna has slightly brother, Christopher Wallace Jr. Born in October 1996 – simply 5 months earlier than the rapper was shot to loss of life in Los Angeles – he’s the one baby between Biggie and R&B singer Faith Evans.
5. T’yanna celebrates her dad on March 9 yearly.
“My dad passed away on March 9th and everyone knows that every year, for my clothing line, I do a special collab, a limited-edition T-shirt for March 9th, and I reach out to artists to help me out…” she advised Hot 97. “So, I try and make it a party too. I just want to celebrate his life…and just everything that he’s done.”