C.J. wallace, spawn of rap icon The Notorious B.I.G. says it was "inevitable" he would follow in his father's footsteps to blaze his own trail as a hip hop artist.

Born Christopher Jordan Wallace to Biggie and studio singer Faith Evans, CJ was just a baby when his father was gunned down in 1997 at the age of 24.

Now 20, CJ and his younger half-brother, Joshua Jahad Russaw, formed a rap duo. Russaw is the son of Evans' ex-husband, record exec Todd Russaw.

“At a young age I always knew I wanted to do music, it was inevitable," Wallace told London's Evening Standard newspaper. "My family have always had my back, whatever I’ve wanted to do they’ve supported. They were always giving me advice on what to do and how to go about things.”

Wallace insists being the rapper's son doesn't put pressure on him to succeed. Being Biggie's son “ends up being fuel for me, that’s my advantage,” he said.

Wallace, who portrayed his father in 2009 biopic Notorious, joined rap mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs onstage at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday to celebrate what would have been his father's 45th birthday.

"I know my father's looking down on all of us tonight," he said. "My sister and I will continue to carry on his memory with tremendous pride and live my life by his words."

Photos by David Becker/Getty Images

  • A D N

    My first time seeing a picture of him. Handsome kid. Good luck baby. Hopefully Puffy does right by you. Your dad was King...he and Pac! Can't wait til Pac's movie.

  • MercifulLove

    Sad, that he never knew his dad.

  • Trey

    Instead of going to college...he riding his dad coat-tails and will be washed up

  • Tiff J

    I'd rather he stick with acting. He was really good in the movie Kicks. He looks like he's slimmed down. Please don't let him sign a Bad Boy contract......

  • Carrington

    I don't understand the need to try to throw dirt on my sisters so often. Why couldn't Faith just be a singer? I don't get it.

  • Evillene

    CJ showed promise in "Everything Must Go." He had good onscreen comedic instincts for a kid. He should try acting. But of course now we live in an age when everyone must do everything (without being good at anything).

  • Keisha Hannah

    Ummmmmm..... ok

  • Keisha Hannah

    Right she is a great singer.

  • tt

    Puffy still peddlin Biggie's death

  • Reina1718

    ......

  • SunRiseBlossom

    Real rap music died with TuPac and Biggie... #MyOpinion

  • stav

    True, he did alright in that movie!

  • stav

    Faith should know that!

  • Sexy CJ

    Christopher Jordan Wallace Says........“At a young age I always knew I wanted to do music.......it was inevitable......My family have always had my back....... whatever I’ve wanted to do they’ve supported......They were always giving me advice on what to do and how to go about things".

    * Alright, Lil' Poppa........Let's Go.......Let's Get It Baby !!!............

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  • Sexy CJ
  • 2telldatruth

    Is this the part from the Empire where Lucious kills the character played by Chris Rock and signs his daughter. Oh yeah that's right art imitating life.

  • Please Stop The Madness

    If Puffy ain't one big ass opportunist. Ugh. And didn't your sister Teyanna already tell you/us this? Publicly. Abort! Rebuke him like Vickie Winans did over Mario.

  • therealkym

    AGREED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    I like eminem too tho...

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    ??? @ But of course now we live in an age when everyone must do everything (without being good at anything).

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    Ok!

  • Blak

    He is hands down the wackest rapper in history and needs to have a seat, get a job and stop trying to live off mommy and daddy

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    Spawn and studio singer...oh Sandra...
    ANYWHO HAVE A SAFE AND FUN HOLIDAY WEEKEND!
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  • dontgetblocked

    This sounds like a train wreck.

  • Tee Tee

    Not here for it at all!

  • Tee Tee

    Dang! Just made me scratch my head, you are on to something my dear...

  • the guest

    Rap music is in a sad state today.

  • Ni Ni

    I love me some "Jerome in the house ?" ?

  • cherrypie

    Omg!!!!!! Yes, he is!!!! Now he's going after his children. Smh!!!

  • primadutch

    This ni@@a bout to be in "The Sunken Place, The Black Chronicles", phucken with Puffy

  • cherrypie

    Hes a cute young man. I only wish him success.

  • Liah

    I wouldn't let Puffy too close to my son....

  • Lolalao

    He did really good in the movie "Kicks".

  • Liah

    right!

  • Guess Who

    Why do diddy and CJ look like two country dudes from Alabama who hobo'd their way out of dem dere hills into the big city?

    Oh yeah..CJ better watch his sphincter. Diddy has a penchent for turd burglaring young dudes. ijs.

  • Rayne

    Yea I'm back listening to the oldies and miss baker.

  • MsPam

    Yes Amazing Grace sad!

  • Anu_Dawn

    Hopefully not with Puffy!!!! His momma left bad boy for a reason.

  • SunRiseBlossom

    Me too!!!

  • bella28498 .

    so why dont these celebrity kids go into accounting or be a doctor?

  • BacktolurkingIgo

    Renee is nobody's studio singer lol for she can blow lol.

  • Tynamight

    Ogawd. Run, young man. Run! You trust a man that done changed his name 3 or 4 times???

  • Tynamight

    Eggzackly!

  • PussyGal0re

    Studio singer? Faith Evans? This was written by a deaf person, right? Aaliyah, Rihanna and those other girls but Fay is a SANGER, check it.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    So... is he gonna get shot down at 24, too?

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Because it takes no skill to talk over a repetitious beat.

  • the guest

    I think it is inevitable, but I pray Christopher Jordan Wallace Jr. does not remake any of his father's legendary hits or any of his songs. I can see him doing a rap verse on an R&B song by his mother, but no one should touch Biggie's legacy.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Handsome young man indeed.

  • Hell_On_Heelz

    I see Miss. Diddy still pimping. SMH. Handsome young man.

  • Crazy tee

    The stylist must be on a he!! of a vacation....Puff look like he going for the leading role in Jango 2....

  • leapyearpisces

    He look like that creepy man in one of those Stephen Spielberg''s movie. Was it Christine? Or the dead preacher in thathe first poltergeist movie. I just remember that hat.

  • JackieBrown

    I am surprised his grandmother didn't make sure he went to college.
    It will be sad if he gets into the game play called Bad Boy Records

  • the guest

    The greatest thing about Eminem is that he is true to himself and open to growing and maturing as a man and his rhymes reflect that.

    Eminem also has integrity as a man.

    Even when he was young and impoverished, he always took care of his child and his girlfriend/wife/child's mother.

    Even when separated, he took care of his child, his ex wife/mother of his child, raised a niece as his own child, and raised a child as his own his ex wife had from another relationship, and through thick and thin love and hate remained on speaking terms with his ex wife for the sake of all the children. And all the children he has raised are well adjusted, educated, and successful because of his integrity.

    Eminem is a real man. Regardless of race and color, Eminem is a real man. And a REAL MC.

  • the guest

    The greatest thing about Eminem is that he is true to himself and open to growing and maturing as a man and his rhymes reflect that.

    Eminem also has integrity as a man.

    Even when he was young and impoverished, he always took care of his child and his girlfriend/wife/child's mother.

    Even when separated, he took care of his child, his ex wife/mother of his child, raised a niece as his own child, and raised a child as his own his ex wife had from another relationship, and through thick and thin love and hate remained on speaking terms with his ex wife for the sake of all the children. And all the children he has raised are well adjusted, educated, and successful because of his integrity.

    Eminem is a real man. Regardless of race and color, Eminem is a real man. And a REAL MC.

  • Guess Who

    Lmaaao. The creepy preacher was in Poltergeist II and diddy sho does remind me of him in that picture

  • DLeatyce

    So shady, spawn and studio singer really? I think you may still be just a little salty about that comment Faith made to you heard round the world last year. Anyway keep doing you CeeJay!

  • Tea??

    Like Al B. Sure and Kim Porters son Quincy he made "Nigh and Day" over twice once by himself and and then with his father and both versions and trash ??

  • Judi Lauren

    Please say it again.. those pipes are real...

  • Liah

    indeed!

  • Dr.Rue

    Wow never knew biggie was so young when he died. Looked way older than 24. Had a fast life