CLINTON HILL, BROOKLYN (PIX11) – He hypnotized fans with lyrics about growing up in Clinton Hill. Now the larger than life late rapper Biggie Smalls, or Notorious B.I.G, could get a different kind of street cred.
Fans and residents alike believe Biggie should get an intersection named after him. They say it’s long overdue, as he put the neighborhood on the map.
If they get their way, the intersection of St. James Place and Fulton Street will be renamed “Christopher Wallace Way,” a nod to the rapper’s real name.
“It’d be a good idea. A lot of people come from across seas and come to see St. James Place, the block where Biggie Smalls lived,” said a barber at a neighborhood shop.
In 1997, Wallace was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting after performing in Los Angeles. His killer was never caught, so for fans, there’s no closure. They say his name being displayed would be positive.
The requirement for naming a street after someone is pretty simple. The person must have historical or cultural significance and be deceased for at least three years. A fan of the rapper started a petition, which has 500 signatures so far. He hopes to get 10,000 and present the petition to Community Board 2.