Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Nickname Caused Her To Brush Up On Biggie Smalls

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July 30, 2015 4:52 p.m.

Professed opera lover and Supreme Court associate justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has a newfound love of hip-hop, she said in remarks on Wednesday at Duke University.

Her nickname, the Notorious R.B.G., caused her to broaden her musical horizons, according to the New York Times.

The name comes from rapper Notorious B.I.G, or Biggie Smalls, who was the face of New York hip-hop in the 90s.

“Both of us were born and raised in Brooklyn,” she said.

But opera is never far. Ginsburg mentioned she was excited for “Scalia/Ginsburg,” a new opera based on her friendship with her political opposite, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.

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