Diddy and the Notorious B.I.G.‘s sons have shared how they plan to continue the legacies of their famous fathers while reflecting on their childhoods.
During a recent chat with Entertainment Toinght‘s Kevin Frazier, Quincy Brown, Justin Combs, Christian “King” Combs and Christopher “CJ” Wallace took a stroll down memory lane.
The segment, highlighting their new series on Paramount+ titled Family Legacy, looks back on the most celebrated artists of all time, through the eyes of their children — an opportunity Diddy’s kids — Quincy, 31, Justin, 29, and King, 25 — revealed was something “special.”
“Being able to look back on those things, it feels good to be a part of history, and just be a part of something that was so special,” said Justin. “I’m just so grateful that I was a part of that and was there to witness these things.”
“[Diddy] knew what he was doing having us in the office [and letting us see] the good, the bad, the ugly, between all the businesses,” added Quincy.
“I remember I used to just be getting babysit in the office, like, all day, and [would hear] Pops on the phone, yelling and just handling business,” noted King. “Like, it was serious. It made me learn growing up that he’s really building an empire and a whole legacy for us, and that it’s not a game, he’s really working. And then when I go outside and see all the fans and all the love he gets, I see how it pays off.”
Meanwhile, Biggie’s son CJ, 26, who didn’t grow up with his father — as he died before his first birthday in 1997 — explained how the show has provided him with “fresh and new” insight into his pop’s life.
“Anytime I get to see any type of home footage of my dad, it always sort of adds another piece of the puzzle of me figuring out what he was really like as a person,” CJ revealed. “So I always appreciate those moments.”
Biggie’s death is a loss that “continues to affect” Diddy, to this day, Quincy added.
“Just one of the saddest days in his life. [It] changed his life forever,” Justin interjected of Biggie’s murder. “They were also young, so to deal with something like that at the height of their career… We still deal with it today. No one has really gotten over that. It affects us as well, too, because it was just such a big loss to all of our family.”
That said, Quincy admitted he believes “it’s our job to carry” Biggie’s legacy forward by staying ahead of the times just as the “Get Money” rapper did.
“For [his murder] to come at such a quick moment, and in the midst of his success, to only put out two albums and have that amount of success, I guess it really just showed how early he was,” CJ said. “He was really thinking way ahead of the game. I felt like he was way before his time, obviously. His impact, we’ll never be able to really quantify it, because he’s not here today. So I feel like it’s just important to always continue the legacy like we’ve been doing, and push it into the areas that nobody could have imagined.”
Family Legacy is currently streaming on Paramount+.