Biggie Too Fat to Be Honored With Street Name, Says Community Board Member

10.17.13 Andy Cush

The fight to name a Clinton Hill block after the Notorious B.I.G. continued this week at a meeting of Brooklyn’s Community Board 2, when a member expressed her displeasure about Biggie’s body type, among other things.

“He started selling drugs at 12, he was a school dropout at 17, he was arrested for drugs and weapons charge, 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,” CB2 member Lucy Koteen said (emphasis added). “I don’t see how this guy was a role model and frankly it offends me.”

LeRoy McCarthy, who initially headed up the campaign, eloquently disagreed. “Board members should not hold Wallace’s physical appearance nor how he died against him,” he said, adding, “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.”

Despite Koteen’s feelings on the man and his history, the real barrier to realizing Christopher Wallace Way is Councilwoman and Public Advocate Letitia James, who must issue a letter of support before the proposal can go forward, as DNAinfo points out.