Diddy, who signed The Notorious B.I.G. to his Bad Boy imprint in the 1990s, paid tribute to the rapper with a series of Instagram photographs today (March 9), the 17th anniversary of the rapper’s death.
“Words can’t explain!!!!!!! #BIG #FrankWhite RIP WE MISS YOU,” Diddy said in an Instagram caption.
“Life ain’t always what it seems to be,” Diddy raps on “I’ll Be Missing You,” a cut recorded after The Notorious B.I.G.’s death for Diddy’s No Way Out album. “Words can’t express what you mean to me / Even though you’re gone, we still a team / Through your family, I’ll fulfill your dream / In the future, can’t wait to see / If you’ll open up the gates for me.”
In December, Diddy reflected on the impact that The Notorious B.I.G. has had on his career and the careers of artists he’s worked with.
“Words can’t really describe it,” Diddy said. “You know? He’s really the foundation of like almost everything I’ve done musically. He made me believe in the impossible. Cause hearing him rap it was just—I was hearing something that I couldn’t believe I was hearing. So, it made me push the limits of what I was doing musically and as a producer. You know, he’s constantly a muse of what I strive to be and he’s the definition of greatness.”