A movement to have a Brooklyn street named after Notorious B.I.G. has hit a snag because of the late rapper’s questionable lifestyle.
On Tuesday night, community board member Lucy Koteen objected to naming a corner after the rapper because he was fat, and a criminal. “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,” she said. “I don’t see how this guy was a role model and frankly it offends me.”
LeRoy McCarthy, 45, is the man spearheading having St. James Place and Fulton Street co-named “Christopher Wallace Way.” McCarthy said after the meeting that “board members should not hold Wallace’s physical appearance nor how he died against him.”