Notorious B.I.G.’s Son Weighs In On Having His Pop’s Moniker Used As Nickname For Ruth Bader Ginsburg
In 2017, Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she has a lot in common with the rapper.
September 25, 2020 at 9:53 pm
The son of iconic Brooklyn rapper Notorious B.I.G. said his dad would be proud to share a nickname with the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away last week after a battle with cancer.
Ginsburg was often jokingly referred to as the "Notorious RBG," with authors Shana Knizhnik and Irin Camron publishing a book using the nickname as the title. The cover of the book also featured an image of Ginsburg donning a gold crown, as a play on the original image of the rapper.
In a statement to the Today Show Thursday morning, C.J. Wallace, 23, said his father shared a few similarities with Ginsburg, most notably that both were from Brooklyn.
"Brooklyn, New York, represents no fear, confidence, and speaking your truth, and my dad and Justice Ginsburg lived those words. I think he would be honored to share the 'Notorious' title with her, and it's up to us to honor their legacies by continuing to fight for equality and justice for all by voting and getting into good trouble," Wallace said.
Wallace spoke proudly about the two leaders, commenting on how happy he was that his father's legacy has remained relevant even today.
"For it still to relate so much 20 plus years later, it's just insane," he said.
Notorious B.I.G., whose real name was Christopher Wallace, was killed in a drive-by shooting at the age of 24, but his music and influence have lived on long past his death.
Ginsburg herself spoke about the fun nickname during a conference.
"I think about how this Notorious RBG was created. People ask me, 'Don't you feel uncomfortable with a name like the Notorious B.I.G.?' Why should I feel uncomfortable? We have a lot in common. And first and foremost, we were both born and bred in Brooklyn, New York," she said in 2017.
Ginsburg credited Knizhnik as the creator of the nickname who was upset with the ruling of the 2013 Supreme Court case Shelby v. Holder. The case determined that a part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was not constitutional.
"She was angry, and then it came to her that anger is a useless emotion, it doesn't win any friends or make any changes, so instead of being angry, she would do something positive" Ginsburg said. "And the positive thing she did was to put on that blog the announcement of my dissenting opinion in the Shelby County case, and then it took off from there."
Tributes and dedications continue to pour in for the late Supreme Court justice and the Notorious B.I.G. was announced as part of the 2020 class of inductees to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, according to Billboard.