Today marks the 40th birthday of slain Brooklyn rapper the Notorious B.I.G., and while it’s been 15 years since the legendary Bad Boy emcee has past, few have let him slip from their memories. Now, XXL reached out to Biggie’s Junior M.A.F.I.A. partner Lil’ Cease to write a letter to his friend.

In the letter, Ceasar Leo wrote to his deceased companion to thank him for helping establish his own music career and “showing [him] the real meaning of life at a young age.” He also promised to help take care of Big’s family in anyway possible and to also represent his legacy to the fullest possible extent.

“It’s not a day that goes by without me thinking about all the good times from rocking the stages and chilling on St. James with the homies,” he wrote. “You’re def missed down here B.I.G., by you family, friends and fans. Your moms and kids is doing very well down here and you know I’ma hold them down to thee best of my ability…Thank you for giving me a career, positive path and showing me the real meaning of life at a young age. I’m keep your legacy alive and going the best I could B.I. 15 years later and you’re still crowned the King of New York.”

Check out XXL for the full letter.

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