New Yorkers celebrate life of Notorious B.I.G. at Brooklyn block parties

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. — New Yorkers are celebrating the life of Notorious B.I.G.  in his hometown for what would have been his 44th birthday.

"Biggie was the best of the best, his music had soul," says a fan.

At Quincy and Bedford in Bedford-Stuyvesant, it's all about Biggie.

Christopher Wallace, internationally known as Notorious B.I.G., was gunned down 19 years ago as part of an East Coast, West Coast rap rivalry. His murder remains unsolved.

"It hurts knowing an arrest never happen, but it doesn't stop all of us remembering his contribution to music," says a fan.

Brooklyn borough President Eric Adams also a Biggie fan thanked those who participated in keeping the rapper's name alive years after his death.

In addition to these street block parties, a 2-day concert to honor Smalls continues Saturday night at Barclays Center.