Fans Petition To Have Brooklyn Street Named After Notorious BIG
Posted by Joseph Lee on 08.30.2013
Christopher Wallace Way...
NME reports that fans of the Notorious BIG are campaigning to have a street in Brooklyn named after him. LeRoy McCarthy has started a petition on Change.org, asking to make the street corner of James Place & Fulton Street (where Biggie spent time in his childhood) renamed to Christopher Wallace Way. It has a target of 100 signatures and already has 634.
It reads: "Christopher Wallace 'Notorious B.I.G., Biggie Smalls, Big Poppa' is a native of Brooklyn, NY, and his success through his artistic and creative lyrical wordsmith in music has influenced people around the world. This is a petition to honor Christopher Wallace with the co-naming of the corner of this childhood home at St James Place and Fulton Street in Brooklyn, NY to Christopher Wallace Way.
Artistically during Christopher Wallace time in music he was considered the best at his craft, so much so, he was given the highest esteem by the leading hip-hop magazine, The Source, as King of New York. Coming from modest beginning the story of Christopher Wallace tells the story of a boy to a man accomplishing greatness, using words as his tools. The story Christopher Wallace continues to have a resounding influence on new generations although he passed away in 1997."
Wallace was murdered in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. He was shot four times in the passenger seat of a Chevy Suburban on Wilshire Blvd. In December, the Los Angeles Police Department apologized for releasing his autopsy report without informing his family. There were rumors when he died that the murder was revenge for Tupac Shakur's death six months earlier in Las Vegas. Neither case has been solved.
Wallace was born on May 21, 1972 and grew up in Brooklyn. His debut album, Ready To Die, was released in 1994 after he received the attention of Sean "Diddy" Combs. He also married singer Faith Evans in 1995.