Legendary New York rapper the Notorious B.I.G. is set to have his childhood block renamed in his honor.
The portion of St. James Place between Gates Avenue and Fulton Street will soon be renamed Christopher Wallace Way in commemoration of the highly influential hip-hop artist. The initiative spearheaded by LeRoy McCarthy and supported by NY Member of Congress Hakeem Jeffries was approved by the Brooklyn Community Board 2 on Wednesday.
"Honoring Biggie symbolizes more than just one man," McCarthy told Rolling Stone. "It symbolizes a culture. It symbolizes a borough. It symbolizes a people, and hip-hop is worldwide."
The news comes just days after NYC moved to similarly honor another famous hip-hop act, the Wu-Tang Clan. Wu-Tang had a city block in their home borough of Staten Island named after them earlier this month.
Christopher Wallace Way will join a number of other memorials to the Notorious B.I.G. in Brooklyn, including various murals of him and the dedication of May 21 as the Notorious B.I.G. Day.
More recently, Wallace's son CJ celebrated his late father's legacy as a hip-hop and cannabis icon by launching a new cannabis brand called Think BIG.