The legacy The Notorious B.I.G. left behind is insurmountable, which is why the Brooklyn Community Board 2 decided to name an entire block after the late Hip Hop legend. According to Rolling Stone, the Brooklyn block where Biggie grew up — St. James Place between Gates Avenue and Fulton Street — will now be called Christopher Wallace Way.
The man responsible for the initiative, LeRoy McCarthy, hopes to have the dedication completed by Biggie’s May 21 birthday.
“Honoring Biggie symbolizes more than just one man,” McCarthy said. “It symbolizes a culture. It symbolizes a borough. It symbolizes a people, and Hip Hop is worldwide.”
In a video of the Community Board 2 hearing, Juliet Cullen-Cheung — Transportation and Public Safety Committee Board Chair — mentioned the Christopher Wallace Way initiative has received support from Council Member Laurie Cumbo and New York Congressman Hakeem Jeffries.
Although some members of the community were resistant to honoring Biggie in such a manner due to the profanity and misogyny found in his lyrics, Cullen-Cheung said, “Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is a champion of feminist rights, is happy with her moniker, Notorious RBG.”
Biggie, of course, was killed on March 9, 1997. His murder remains unsolved.
Watch the video of the Community Board 2 meeting here.