It’s been confirmed that in this coming June, deceased rapper, the Notorious B.I.G., will be receiving his very own intersection in Brooklyn. This has been confirmed by the rapper’s foundation, the Christopher Wallace Foundation.
The intersection of Gates Avenue and Fulton Street will be changed to Christopher Wallace Way. This street renaming was approved last November by the Brooklyn Community Board 2 after an overwhelming vote of 33-1. This year, the rapper would have turned 47. Fans will be happy to know that the public ceremony of the intersection renaming will take place on June 10th, and will no doubt include many guests, including family members of the rapper.
Biggie, who has been widely received as a crucial figure in hip-hop and Brooklyn’s culture, first burst into the rap scene in 1994. He quickly became known for his easy flow and storytelling ability. Biggie collaborated with a lot of artists, like Michael Jackson, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Jay-Z. Though Biggie had a fair share of turmoil in his rap career, including an infamously tense relationship with acclaimed rapper Tupac Shakur, Biggie’s music reached millions.
Though Biggie was murdered in 1997 at the young age of 24, his music has continued to touch millions. Even after his death, Biggie’s collaborations and songs received Grammy nominations and topped the charts. Hailed by AllMusic (online music database) as “the savior of East Coast hip-hop”, Biggie’s music continued to earn him praise. Now always regarded as an essential figure in hip-hop, there will be plenty of fans at the intersection renaming ceremony in June to celebrate the rapper and all he’s done in the name of hip-hop.