Burial of Notorious B.I.G in Brooklyn

March 19, 1997


Dennis Kucinich

Ohio Congressman and Democratic presidential candidate.

Biggie Smalls, one of rap music’s biggest stars, was buried
yesterday in Brooklyn, New York. Hundreds of people attended the
funeral service — and thousands more lined the streets — for the
24-year-old rap star who was killed 10 days ago in Los Angeles.

Police and some mourners clashed during the funeral procession
yesterday , creating a tense atmosphere that lasted well into the
evening. Mourners and area residents said police used excessive
force, beating and using mace on people. Ten people were arrested,
including a New York Times reporter.

Biggie Smalls’ murder follows the killing of rapper Tupac Shakur,
who was shot last year in Las Vegas. Press reports have repeatedly
linked the two murders, but police say there is no evidence of a


HARRY ALLEN, a writer and journalists who has covered rap
music extensively.