A street in Brooklyn, New York, is to be renamed in honor of the late Christopher Wallace, more popularly known as Biggie Smalls, Big Poppa and The Notorious B.I.G.
The Christopher Wallace Foundation, started by the rapper’s mother Voletta Wallace, made the announcement on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 — the day Biggie would have turned 47 years old.
According to Billboard, the block in Brooklyn where Biggie grew up — St. James Place between Fulton Street and Gates Avenue — will be officially renamed Christopher Wallace Way at an event on June 10. Members of Biggie’s family are expected to be in attendance.
Several members of the music fraternity also used the occasion to celebrate the birthday of the late rapper, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, on March 9, 1997.
Nas and Jay-Z were among scores of fans and other industry heavyweights who took to social media on Tuesday to share birthday wishes along with vintage photos of him.
Biggie’s ex-wife Faith Evans shared a compilation video that had samples of some of the rapper’s greatest hits. Evans captioned the video, “Celebrate the life and legacy of The Notorious B.I.G. and listen to your favorite songs all day!”
Bad Boy Entertainment label head Sean “Diddy” Combs also shared an old photo on Instagram of the rapper celebrating his birthday.
Combs captioned the photo, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIG POPPA!! Love you always and FOREVER! #BadBoy4Life”