Petition launched to have street renamed Christopher Wallace Way
Notorious BIG fans are campaigning to have a street in Brooklyn named after the rapper.
LeRoy McCarthy has started a petition to have the hip-hop star’s childhood street corner of St James Place & Fulton Street renamed as Christopher Wallace Way. The petition, which has a target of 500 signatures and can be viewed at www.Change.org, has already collected 441.
“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,” it reads. “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.”
The petition goes on to add: “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 whilst sat in the passenger seat of a Chevy Suburban on Wilshire Blvd. In December last year, the Los Angeles Police Department apologised after releasing his autopsy report without informing the rapper’s family.
In the years since Wallace’s death, there has bee speculation that the murder was an act of revenge for the death of Tupac Shakur, who was killed six months earlier in Las Vegas. His murder case has also never been solved.
Wallace was born on May 21, 1972 and grew up in Brooklyn. He released his debut album ‘Ready To Die’ in 1994 after coming to the attention of Sean Combs, aka P Diddy, and married singer Faith Evans in 1995.