Biggie Smalls to be honored with ASCAP's most prestigious award

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will hold its 30th annual Rhythm and Soul Music Awards on June 22. At the ceremony, Notorious B.I.G. will be honored with ASCAPs most notable recognition's, the Founders Award, for his pioneering contribution to music. His mother, Ms. Voletta Wallace, his wife, singer/songwriter Faith Evans, his children, and his former managers and estate consultant Wayne Barrow and Mark Pitts will accept the award.

The hip-hop legend was a powerhouse success in the '90s with albums like "Ready to Die" and "Life After Death." His hits include anthems like "Juicy," ''Big Poppa," ''Stay With Me," ''Hypnotize" and "Mo Money Mo Problems." The ASCAP Founders Award is ASCAP’s most prestigious honor and is presented to songwriters and composers who have made pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Each recipient is a musical innovator who possesses a unique style of creative genius which will enrich generations to come.

Each recipient is a musical innovator who possesses a unique style of creative genius which will enrich generations to come. Biggie will join the fold alongside recipients such as Dr. Dre, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Smokey Robinson, and many others.