“Spread love, it’s the Brooklyn way!”
Those infamous lyrics, penned by the late Notorious B.IG., were embodied by his fans last weekend when thanks to the work of the Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation and Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo.
The intersection of St. James Place and Fulton Street in Brooklyn, where the rapper born Christopher Wallace was raised, is now forever changed to Notorious B.I.G. Way.
Along with hundreds of fans, who showed up in the pouring rain , there were also his close friends, family and other celebrities in attendance to honor the rapper who died in March 1997 due to a fatal drive-by shooting.
Biggie’s mother Voletta Wallace, his children T’Yanna Wallace and Christopher Wallace Jr., Lil’ Kim, Lil’ Cease, Jadakiss, Diggy Simmons and DJ Enuff were among those in attendance.
Lil Kim, who was discovered by Biggie, spoke during the street naming ceremony, telling the crowd: “I’ve always known this day was going to come; I used to dream about a street being named after Biggie, because it was only right. Everyone from Brooklyn represents him with so much love and passion.”
Notorious B.I.G.’s mother closed the ceremony, thanking fans for attending and supporting her son during his career and long after his death.
“This street is going to be a love street, people are going to come here and are going to know that a young man, my son was here,” Voletta said.