The late rapper, Biggie Smalls, was considered to be honored by having a Brooklyn street corner named after him, but community board members expressed their objections, stating he was not only a criminal, but he was also too fat.
“He started selling drugs at 12,” CB2 member Lucy Koteen said to the full board Tuesday night. “He was a school dropout at 17, he was arrested for drugs and weapons charges, he was arrested for parole violations, he was arrested in North Carolina for crack cocaine, in 1996 he was again arrested for assault, he had a violent death and physically the man is not exactly a role model for youth. I don’t see how this guy was a role model and frankly it offends me.”
Koteen wasn’t the only one who was dismayed that Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. Notorious B.I.G., was considered for the honorary position. Another board member, Ken Lowy, said he didn’t appreciate the rapper’s misogynistic lyrics, the Huffington Post reported.
Though some were put off by the idea, at least one person thought Biggie was a good choice. The man who initially proposed the intersection be named after the rapper, 45-year-old LeRoy McCarthy, said after the meeting that “board members should not hold Wallace’s physical appearance nor how he died against him.”
Bu even if every board member were able to look past Biggie’s violent past, the hurdle yet to be jumped is the required approval of Letitia James, a councilwoman and candidate for public advocate. In order for the corner of St. James Place and Fulton Street to be named “Christopher Wallace Way,” James must first issue a letter of support, which she has not yet done.
[ Huffington Post ]