A bid to honor slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. in his native Brooklyn, New York has fallen flat after local officials decided he was too fat.
Neighborhood bosses have shut down a proposal to rename a street corner Christopher Wallace Way, citing the rap icon’s misogynistic lyrics, criminal past and obesity.
Notorious B.I.G., real name Christopher Wallace, was shot and killed in 1997 and the case into his death still remains unsolved.
Fans were hoping to honor his memory ahead of the 20th anniversary of his death in 2017 with a street name near where he grew up, but it’s beginning to look like that is not going to happen.
Local official Lucy Koteen has revealed she researched the rapper’s history and decided to vote against the proposal, stating, “He started selling drugs at 12, 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.”
LeRoy McCarthy, who began the online petition to name the corner after his hero, has hit back, insisting, “There are many artists that share stories in a vernacular that their audiences understand. Biggie used the language from the streets he grew up in to convey what he wanted to say… Board members should not hold Wallace’s physical appearance nor how he died against him.”