Lincoln Center will honor the late rapper Christopher Wallace, aka Biggie Smalls, with an orchestral tribute

UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) — Lincoln Center will honor the late rapper Christopher Wallace, better known as Biggie Smalls and Notorious BIG, with an orchestral tribute as part of its “Summer for the City” program.

The event will take place Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and will feature Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and The Originals.

“Even before I started playing hip hop music, I was arranging it and rehearsing it with my friends,” Atwood-Ferguson said. “When I think of Biggie, I think of someone who means so much to so many people.”

Atwood-Ferguson proved his versatility as an arranger and earned the respect of the hip hop community with his recent memorial concert for the late producer J Dilla.

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The Lincoln Center premiere, supported by The Estate of the Notorious BIG, will feature a symphonic concert of his best-known songs from the multi-platinum “Ready to Die” and 11-time platinum “Life After Death.”

It will also feature special guests and an extensive live cast of regular BIG collaborators.

And in true Lincoln Center form, the suggested outfit is called “creative black tie.”

“I’m so thrilled, so happy,” Atwood-Ferguson said. “I have a great feeling about it. But how intimidating it is, and I take it very seriously, deadly serious.”

Legendary New York DJ collective The Originals – comprised of Clark Kent, Stretch Armstrong, Rich Medina and Tony Touch – will add their incredible musical curation to complete this iconic evening.

Wallace grew up in central Brooklyn and released two Grammy-nominated studio records during his career, which was tragically cut short at age 24 in a still-unsolved murder.

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Biggie is legendary in the New York rap music industry and is widely considered one of the greatest rappers of all time.

Wallace would have turned 50 on May 21.

For more information about the event, visit the Lincoln Center website.

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