Brooklyn has spoken and late rapper Notorious B.I.G. will get the block he grew up on named after him. “Christopher Wallace Way,” the rapper’s given name, would become what is now a section of St. James between Gates Avenue and Fulton Street.
The corner of St. James Place and Fulton Street will become Christopher ‘Notorious B.I.G.’ Wallace Way at Noon on Monday.
The Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation announced that the rapper’s family would be in attendance including singer Faith Evans who was once married to Biggie, as he was also called.
“Honoring Biggie symbolizes more than just one man,” the man who spearheaded the re-naming LeRoy McCarthy told Rolling Stone. “It symbolizes a culture. It symbolizes a borough. It symbolizes a people, and hip-hop is worldwide.”
Notorious B.I.G. grew up on St. James Place in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Biggie, who created mega-hits like ‘It Was All A Dream,’ ‘Mo Money Mo Problems’ and ‘Hypnotize’ with its catchy riff “sicker than your average,” was only 24-years-old when he was killed while stopped at a red light in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles.
His murder remains unsolved.