Brooklyn, NY – The Brooklyn apartment The Notorious B.I.G. rapped about in “Juicy” is now up for rent — and it comes with a hefty price tag.
According to the New York Post, Biggie’s “one-room shack” is going for $4,000 a month. The residence has been completely renovated and is listed as a “gentrified three-bedroom home.”
Located on the third floor of 226 St. James Place, Biggie’s childhood home was set in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, near Bedford-Stuyvesant. He talks about the residence in the 1994 Ready To Die cut.
“And my whole crew is loungin’/Celebratin’ every day, no more public housin’,” he raps. “Thinkin’ back on my one-room shack/Now my mom pimps a Ac’ with minks on her back.
“And she loves to show me off of course/Smiles every time my face is up in The Source. We used to fuss when the landlord dissed us/No heat, wonder why Christmas missed us.”
Following the transformation, the entire area is drastically different from when Biggie roamed the streets.
“It’s a beautiful home and a fantastic neighborhood, filled with little shops and great transportation,” Compass broker Fabienne Lecole said. “The apartment is iconic … a historical gem.”
The Biggie home still has the same windows and moldings from when the legendary rapper lived there. In 2013, it was sold for $825,000 to the person who’s attempting to rent it out. It comes with a den and separate dining room, along with hardwood floors and high ceilings.
“It’s so calm and residential now,” Lecole said. “It’s hard to imagine it’s the same street that he sang about with all the drugs and gunfire. It couldn’t be more different.”
Earlier this month, the corner of St. James Place and Fulton Street was officially renamed “Christopher Wallace Way” as a tribute to the late MC.
“[Gentrifiers]] want to erase the history, they want to put up new cafes and boutiques and push us out of our community,” City Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo said. “That’s why this sign is important today — so that the history of this place is told to our children and our children’s children.”