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Kendall, Kylie Jenner Slammed By Notorious B.I.G. Mom Voletta Wallace

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By Shari Weiss |

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Kendall and Kylie Jenner were slammed on Thursday by the mother of Notorious B.I.G. Voletta Wallace is upset the sisters are using her late son’s likeness on a shirt. And now she’s gotten an attorney for the estate to stop the Jenners from profiting off of the late Biggie Smalls.

This week, the Jenners unveiled their latest Kendall + Kylie clothing collection, which features images of iconic performers with pictures of the reality stars or their logo superimposed on top. While the offering includes tees for still-active acts, like Metallica and Pink Floyd, the items causing the most controversy feature dead rap icons Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur. Wallace took to Instagram to post the below photo, along with a message disavowing the product.

She wrote, “I am not sure who told @kyliejenner and @kendalljenner that they had the right to do this. The disrespect of these girls to not even reach out to me or anyone connected to the estate baffles me. I have no idea why they feel they can exploit the deaths of 2pac and my Son Christopher to sell a t-shirt. This is disrespectful, disgusting, and exploitation at its worst!!!”

While Wallace’s apparent Instagram page is not verified, the post was promoted on a verified Notorious B.I.G. Facebook page. It is possible the Jenners licensed the photos in question through a third party without directly contacting or dealing with the families or the original copyright holders. While the siblings initially did not respond to the backlash, the shirts no longer appear on their online shop, where they were on sale for $125 each.

Gossip Cop is told the Jenners received a cease and desist letter from the Notorious B.I.G.’s attorney, which probably precipitated the shirts being yanked from their site. We’ve reached out the late rapper’s lawyer to see whether the estate will sue for damages or seek a percentage of the profits from the shirts that were sold.

This is the second time the elder Jenner has come under fire this year. As Gossip Cop reported, in April Jenner was slammed for a Pepsi ad in which she seemed to minimize the resistance movement by simply handing a police officer a can of soda at a protest. The model was accused of cultural insensitivity, and although the commercial was pulled, she never personally addressed the situation.

In a joint statement after this new debacle, Kylie and Kendall Jenner said, “These designs were not well thought out and we deeply apologize to anyone that has been upset and/or offended, especially to the families of the artists. We are huge fans of their music and it was not our intention to disrespect the cultural icons in anyway.” They further noted, “The tee shirts have been pulled from retail and all images have been removed. We will use this opportunity to learn from these mistakes and again, we are so very sorry.”

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