New Mural Will Celebrate Biggie Smalls’ Life For Anniversary Of His Death

Photo by iamsafaree.
Photo by iamsafaree.

Yesterday was the 18th anniversary of Biggie Smalls’ (aka Notorious B.I.G. or his birth name of Christopher Wallace) murder and instead of mourning, the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill/Bed-Stuy community he grew up in is celebrating his life the same way he lived his — through the creation of art.

As reported by Brokelyn, a new mural is in the works in Biggie’s honor, to be painted at the Key Food at 991 Fulton Street — the same local supermarket that he used to work at as a teen (although it was known as Met Food back then).

“It will be on the side of the building, on the left side, where you can see it from St. James and Fulton,” store manager Rocky Widdi told us. “Painting will start in the spring.”

The Clinton Hill Key Food is located at 991 Fulton Street.
The Clinton Hill Key Food is located at 991 Fulton Street.

The artist, notes Brokelyn, is none other than Danielle Mastrion, “who put up a Beastie Boys mural on the Lower East Side last year.”

And the entire mural effort is being spearheaded by neighbor LeRoy McCarthy, who has also been trying to get a nearby street named after Biggie Smalls, as Christopher Wallace Way.

Since we have at least another few weeks before painting commences, here are a few other murals honoring the Notorious B.I.G. that we can enjoy to pass the time.

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