The son of rapper Notorious BIG says his father would have been “honoured” to share the nickname with Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The late Supreme Court Justice landed the nickname “The Notorious RBG” towards the end of her iconic legal career and admitted she enjoyed its links with the hip-hop legend.
The musician, whose real name was Christopher Wallace, and Ginsburg were both proud New Yorkers and shared Brooklyn roots.
“Brooklyn, New York, represents no fear, confidence, and speaking your truth, and my dad and Justice Ginsburg lived those words,” CJ Wallace, 23, told NBC News in a statement.
“I think he would be honoured to share the “Notorious” title with her, and it’s up to us to honour their legacies by continuing to fight for equality and justice for all by voting and getting into good trouble.”
The rapper, who was also known as Biggie Smalls, was murdered at the age of 24 in a 1997 drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, California.
Ginsburg died on 18 September at the age of 87 from pancreatic cancer and spoke of her link to the “Hypnotize” rapper in 2017.
“I think about how this Notorious RBG was created,” she said.
“People ask me, don’t you feel uncomfortable with a name like the Notorious BIG.?
“Why should I feel uncomfortable? We have a lot in common. And first and foremost, we were both born and bred in Brooklyn, New York.”
The nickname was reportedly created by then New York University law student Shana Knizhnik in a Tumblr blog.
In it she had expressed her anger at the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which ruled that parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was no longer constitutional.
“She was angry, and then it came to her that anger is a useless emotion, it doesn’t win any friends or make any changes, so instead of being angry, she would do something positive” explained Ginsburg.
“And the positive thing she did was to put on that blog the announcement of my dissenting opinion in the Shelby County case, and then it took off from there.”
Ginsburg’s death sparked an outpouring of grief and anger amongst her supporters that Donald Trump will try and fill her vacant seat with a conservative judge.
Following her death Ginsburg became the first woman and Jewish person to lie in state at the US Capitol.