Christopher Jordan Wallace Jr has a B.I.G task ahead of him: stepping into his father’s – Christopher Wallace Sr, or the Notorious B.I.G – shoes.
Now 20 years old, the son of one of rap’s all-time greats, is gearing up to release his debut hip-hop album. It’s a collaborative project with his half-brother Joshua Jahad Russaw. The pair have been working on the project together for the past few months, and are set to release it later this year, according to a new interview with the Evening Standard.
“At a young age I always knew I wanted to do music,” he said. “It was inevitable. My family have always had my back, whatever I’ve wanted to do they’ve supported. They were always giving me advice on what to do and how to go about things.”
Known as CJ, he was just a few months old when Biggie was assassinated back in 1997, at just 25 years of age. He was raised by his mother Faith Evans (who earlier this year released The King & I, a posthumous collaborative album with Biggie) and Todd Russaw.
CJ is no true stranger to spotlight, having portrayed his late father in smash hit Biggie biopic Notorious back in 2009. But now he’s not just pretending to be a hip-hop legend, he’s hoping to become one himself.