Brooklyn Street Will Be Named for Notorious B.I.G.
|thenorthstar||May 24, 2019|
An intersection in Brooklyn, New York will be named after the rapper the Notorious B.I.G. so he can continue to represent “BK to the fullest.” On the rapper’s birthday, Tuesday, May 21, the Christopher Wallace Foundation announced that a street naming ceremony will be held on June 10, the New York Daily News reported. Christopher Wallace Way (so called for B.I.G.’s birth name) will be located on St. James Place between Fulton Street and Gates Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, which is where the rapper grew up, Gothamist reported.
The news comes just a few months after the New York City Council voted to honor three music legends in their hometown boroughs in New York, according to Gothamist. The new street names will honor the Wu-Tang Clan, folk singer Woody Guthrie, and the Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a Biggie Smalls).
Several members of the late rapper's family will join the ceremony, including his mother Voletta Wallace and his children, Billboard reported. The ceremony will be open to the public. LeRoy McCarthy, a local culture advocate who spearheaded the renaming, previously told Rolling Stone that it was important to honor the late rapper. "Honoring Biggie symbolizes more than just one man. It symbolizes a culture. It symbolizes a borough. It symbolizes a people, and hip-hop is worldwide," McCarthy told the publication.
The four-time Grammy nominee released two hit albums, 1994’s Ready to Die and Life after Death in 1997, according to the Billboard music charts. The rapper was 24 years old when he was shot to death outside of a Vibe Magazine party in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997, according to the New York Daily News. Biggie released three posthumous albums: Born Again in 1998, Duets: The Final Chapter in 2005, and The King and I in 2017, which featured his former wife, singer Faith Evans, according to the Billboard music charts.
New York City has other several memorials dedicated to the Notorious B.I.G. In 2015, artists Scott Zimmerman and Naoufal Alaoui painted a Biggie mural in Bed-Stuy titled the “King of New York,” DNAinfo previously reported. The mural is displayed on the corner of Bedford Avenue and Quincy Street.
“I see how the neighborhood is changing — and there’s nothing wrong with change, Brooklyn is for everybody,” Alaoui previously told the publication. “But it’s my responsibility to make sure Brooklyn is still alive, and we have to keep it for what it’s known for, what we’re proud of. Brooklyn is Biggie.”
In May 2016, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams declared May 21 “Christopher ‘The Notorious B.I.G.’ Wallace Day” in Brooklyn. “On his birthday, Brooklyn salutes one of our own, who has never been forgotten as long as his music plays,” Adams previously told DNainfo. “His energy will remain and continue to inspire people throughout not only the borough of Brooklyn, but Biggie put Brooklyn on the map.”
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Maria Perez is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has an M.A. in Urban Reporting from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She has been published in the various venues, including Newsweek, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, City Limits, and local newspapers like The Wave and The Home Reporter.