Hip hop mogul and Bad Boys Records founder Diddy threw his first-ever bash in Brooklyn at The Lab in honor of Notorious B.I.G. on the 13th anniversary of the death of his fallen friend, drawing a crush of fans to the Fulton Street hotspot last night.
“His music is timeless," said Sadat X, contemporary of Biggie and member of 90s group Brand Nubian.
"It told the struggle of the common man, the everyday man that was coming up at that time that was living in Brooklyn, that was living in Bronx, that was living in Manhattan.”
Sadat X, who collaborated with Biggie on a song called "C'mon," chalked up the rapper’s staying power to the quality of his music.
“It's a living legacy, and legacies don't die down like that," he said. "A lot of people is making music nowadays, but it ain't too many classics being made no more.”
Ladies teetered in heels and miniskirts and smoke billowed from the barbecue tents set up in the venue’s enclosed parking lot. NYC DJ Mister Cee -- who is credited with helping to discover Biggie -- rattled the neighborhood with tunes from stars like Fabolous. Party-goers who didn’t get $30 advance tickets shelled out up to $100 to get into the bash.
While Biggie is known for his gritty lyricism, Sadat X said he was an affable guy up for a laugh.
“He was a jokester, he liked to have fun. We drank and smoked. We had a good time,” he said.