Faith Renée Evans, is a singer-songwriter, record producer, occasional actress and author. Faith was born in Florida and raised in New Jersey, then she relocated to Los Angeles in 1993 for a career in the music business. After working as a backing vocalist for Al B. Sure and Christopher Williams, she became the first female artist to be contracted with Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs‘ and Bad Boy Entertainment recording company during 1994, for which she collaborated with several label mates such as Mary J. Blige and Carl Thomas and released three platinum-certified studio albums between the years 1995 and 2001, including Faith (1995), Keep The Faith (1998) and Faithfully (2001). Other than her recording career, Evans is mostly known as the widow of New York rapper Christopher Wallace aka “The Notorious B.I.G.” whom she married in August 1994, a few weeks after meeting at a Bad Boy Records photoshoot. The turbulent marriage resulted in Faith’s involvement in the infamous East Coast–West Coast hip hop rivalry, dominating the rap music news at the time, and ended with Biggie’s murder in a yet-unsolved drive-by shooting in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. A 1997 tribute single for Biggie featuring Puff Daddy and the band 112, named “I’ll Be Missing You“, based on the melody of The Police’s 1983 single “Every Breath You Take“ and became Faith’s best-selling song to date. Also winning her a Grammy Award during 1998. Faith’s autobiography called Keep the Faith: A Memoir was released by Grand Central Publishing during 2008 and won a 2009 African American Literary Award for the Best Biography/Memoir category.
Faith and Notorious B.I.G. had one child together, Christopher Wallace, Jr., but the marriage was very turbulent as Biggie reportedly had several affairs during their union. Including relationships with fellow rappers Lil’ Kim and Charli Baltimore. During early 1997, after her separation from Wallace, but before his death, Evans was introduced to record company executive Todd Russaw. Faith began dating Russaw during her and Wallace’s separation and after Wallace’s death. Prior to Evans meeting and having a relationship with The Notorious B.I.G., she was also involved in a relationship with Kiyamma Griffin. We know from past interviews done with Lil’ Kim she and Biggie’s mother has had some serious beef with her. Lil’ Kim spoke about the abuse she had received from Biggie. Lil Kim was furious with Faith and Notorious B.I.G’s mother Voletta Wallace over the way she was portrayed in the film “Notorious.”
In the Hip Hop Weekly magazine interview, Lil Kim stated the following, “There’s nothing Faith or Ms. Wallace could do to stop me from reppin’ B.I.G. all day. I’m gonna always do that. They want to talk about people exploiting Biggie, to me this is the worst way you could exploit his name; by disrespecting people who was around him who he had major love for. The truth is gonna be known. Like how a while back Ms. Wallace was on the radio talking about how we never mourned together and that she never knew me.” She continued on saying, “It’s crazy ’cause she and I lived together in Biggie’s house for almost eight months after Biggie died. On top of all that, out of the kindness of my heart and the love I had for Biggie, I share five percent of my publishing with Ms. Wallace; just out of love, making sure that if I ate, she and the kids ate. And at the end of the day, this is how she repays me? It’s time for Ms. Wallace to be exposed.”
In the video during her visit to “The Wendy Williams Show” done on January 22, Faith Evans had reminisced about her late husband and the similarities between him and their only son CJ, who’s now a junior in high school. Then Faith got personal and spoke about the day she found Lil Kim in bed with Biggie and revealed that she has forgiven Lil Kim for sleeping with her husband. Evans released her autobiographic book back in August 2008. The book detailed not only the singer’s life, but also discussed Evans’ very controversial relationship with her late husband Notorious B.I.G.
Talking about the day she caught Lil’ Kim with Biggie, she says, “I got to Big’s bedroom door, turned the knob, and went inside. As soon as I saw a small lump next to Big’s large frame, I flew into a rage, ran over to the side of the bed, and pulled back the covers. I grabbed some chick out of the bed and started beating her ass. At some point, the chick’s wig came off in my hand: It was a short, cropped wig. I stopped throwing punches for a minute to get a good look at the chick I was beating up. It was Lil’ Kim. She was completely butt-naked, yelling as I pushed her around the room,” so read part of the excerpt from her book.
Also detailing her encounter with late rapper Tupac Shakur, with whom she once was romantically linked. Faith stated in her book that she never had affair with him despite the fact that he tried to get close with her. But she was not going for it.
Faith also talks about her personal life experiences, “I want people to understand that although he was a large part of my life, my story doesn’t actually begin or end with Big’s death. My journey has been complicated on many levels. And since I am always linked to Big, there are a lot of misconceptions about who I really am. It’s not easy putting your life out there for the masses. But I’ve decided I’ll tell my own story. For Big. For my children. And for myself.”
While the murder is still inactive, unsolved and currently a cold case. Faith still hasn’t given up on hope that Biggie’s murder will one day be solved. Faith told Wendy, “We haven’t laid it to rest. We still very much want to see the person responsible brought to justice. That means more to us than anything. There’s no point in paying lawyers’ fees and the LAPD isn’t really cooperating.”
Wendy brought up the “love triangle” between her, Biggie and Lil’ Kim. She said, “Let’s just say I was there for the rest of the day cooking Christmas dinner, although I knew that was one of the last times I’d spend with him like that.”
Faith also said that she isn’t holding a grudge again Lil’ Kim, “I’m not trippin’. I’ve made peace, first of all with God a long time ago, especially once we lost [Big]. All of that certainly went out the window. Before he passed away, I removed myself from any ill feelings toward her for that.” However over the past several years Lil’ Kim has done her best to forget about her relationship with Faith altogether.
Why does Wendy keep asking these redundant questions that have already been beat to the ground? What about Faith’s recent album R&B Divas and upcoming projects she’s been working on? What do you think about the beef being rehashed again? Please share your thoughts, opinions and comments about this interview below…