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B.I.G.'s Family

'Pleased' with

Investigation Progress

1/7/2011 3:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The estate of rapper Notorious B.I.G. is "pleased" that law enforcement agencies have reinvigorated their investigation into his mysterious shooting death ... TMZ has learned.

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According to attorney Perry R. Sanders, Jr. -- who represents the rapper's mother Voletta Wallace and the estate --  the family is "greatly pleased with any advancement" of the murder case -- but they don't want to get too involved. 

Sanders explains the family wants to "make certain [they] don't interfere in the investigation" ... adding, "Their number one concern has always been the resolution of the criminal investigation."

B.I.G. -- real name Christopher Wallace -- was gunned down in L.A. back in 1997 ... following the shooting death of rival rapper Tupac Shakur.

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