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Picture This: Brooklyn Will Have A Street Named For Notorious B.I.G.
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.
Rolling Stone reports that Brooklyn Community Board 2 approved the re-naming petition 33-1, with four abstentions. While expected to be approved, the name change still has to pass through the City Council and Mayor Bill De Blasio.
“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.”
Wallace, a four-time GRAMMY nominated artist, is known as one of the East Coast's most iconic rappers that helped bring attention to the hip-hop scene in New York with Sean "P Diddy" Combs in the 90s. Outside of New York, he is known as one of the most influential rappers in hip-hop history.