LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: Images of the late rapper The Notorious B.I.G. are shown during a performance by recording artist Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Brooklyn’s own continues his influence over the city, even from beyond the grave. 

The Notorious B.I.G. has a powerful grip on the city of Brooklyn even after being gone for 20 years. a previous report stated that landlord Samuel Berkowitz had planned on tearing down the Biggie mural that is painted on the side of a brick building located at Bedford Avenue and Quincy Street in Brooklyn. The only problem, he failed to recognize Biggie’s influence.

Within days of the story, activists amongst the Hip Hop community took to the virtual streets with several petitions calling for the mural to be a recognized landmark. One of the original artists, Naoufal “Rocko” Alaoui, spoke to the landlord and told DNAInfo, “He’s not a bad guy. A lot of people offered to help financially, but he said he don’t need the money, just the respect of his neighbors.” Even the Brooklyn Nets took to the streets and posted a tribute to the mural on what would have been Biggie’s 45th birthday.

Evidently, the endless amount of phone calls, petitions and posts left their mark forcing the landlord to right his wrongs.

Biggie is surely smiling down upon his city; spread love it’s the Brooklyn way.


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