- The Washington Times - Friday, March 10, 2017

The Democratic congressman who represents the Brooklyn congressional district where the late gangsta rapper grew up honored The Notorious B.I.G. on the 20th anniversary of his death.

“Just paid tribute to late/great #BiggieSmalls on House flr. Gone but never forgotten,” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries tweeted shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday. Attached to the tweet was a video of a speech lasting little over a minute in which the third-term congressman quoted lyrics from a popular song by Smalls before paying tribute to his legacy.

On March 9, 1997, Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known by his stage names Biggie Smalls and The Notorious B.I.G., was gunned down in Los Angeles in a drive-by shooting which remains unsolved to this day. Smalls left behind a wife, Faith Evans, and two children.

Many reactions to Mr. Jeffries tribute on Twitter were negative, with some calling into question the propriety of honoring Smalls, who had a criminal record and whose lyrics many consider sexist.

Mr. Jeffries’ tribute, delivered at 7:43 p.m., occurred during “special orders,” according to minutes kept by the Clerk of the House for the day.

According to the Congregational Research Service, “special order” speeches are “normally in order after legislative business has concluded in the House for the day, and they can be on any topic the Member chooses.”

 

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