For years, residents of the Bed-Stuy/ Clinton Hill area near where the late Notorious B.I.G. grew up have been at odds about honoring his legacy. In 2013 a petition was started to have the corner of St. James Place and Fulton Ave named “Christopher Wallace Way” but, quickly went nowhere after “concerned” residents stated that Biggie was a “criminal” and “too fat” to have the corner named after him. Now, the Hip Hop Hall of Fame is looking to honor Biggie by erecting a statue of his likeness at Putnam Triangle Plaza in Clinton Hill.
The Hip Hop Hall of Fame has started a GoFundMe page to help with the creation of the statue. The museum has recruited Brooklyn artist, Tanda Francis to create the wooden piece and is asking the community for $35,000 to help make this dream come true.
“The BIGGIE Memorial will be a new New York landmark in the neighborhood which still treasures him,” they wrote in a press release. “The memorial will be a bold reminder of the hip hop and music history which has helped form the creative and cultural landscape of New York City and around the world.”
In a recent interview, Dennis Mathis of the Christopher Wallace foundation stated the difference between this statue and the dozens of murals around Brooklyn that use Biggie’s image:
“One day they’re gonna paint over those depending on what the landlord of the building is but if you put a sculpture, then that’s permanent and it’s not just to memorialize him but economically what it does to the area.”
You can find out more information by visiting the GoFundMe page here.