The MTA, in partnership with Rhino Entertainment, announced that MetroCard vending machines at four Brooklyn subway stations will be loaded with limited-edition cards honoring the Bedford-Stuyvesant native.
Wallace grew up in central Brooklyn and released two Grammy-nominated studio records during his career, which was tragically cut short at age 24 in a still-unsolved murder.
Her debut album, Ready to Die, achieved multi-platinum status, while her follow-up, Life After Death, is certified diamond.
Biggie is legendary in the New York rap music industry and is widely considered one of the greatest rappers of all time.
MetroCards featuring a portrait of Notorious BIG on the back will be available for purchase beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 21 on a first-come, first-served basis.
Cards will only be available at vending machines that accept all payment methods, including credit, debit and cash, at the following stations in central Brooklyn:
–Avenue Lafayette C
–Clinton-Washington Avenue C
–Clinton-Washington Avenue G
–Atlantic Avenue – Barclays Center 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, R, Q
Mayor Eric Adams proclaimed May 21 Christopher ‘The Notorious BIG’ Wallace Day.
Wallace’s son, CJ Wallace, accepted the honor from Mayor Adams on Thursday afternoon.
CJ Wallace was 5 months old when his father was killed.
Several events are planned including:
— The Empire State Building will host a lighting ceremony to honor the Notorious BIG’s 50th anniversary at 4 p.m.
–2nd Annual BIG Dinner Gala honoring Notorious BIG’s 50th Anniversary Celebration at Gustavino’s at 8 p.m.
— Christopher Wallace Birthday Block Party May 21 at 226 St James Place in Bed-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, from 1 to 7 p.m. in front of Christopher Wallace’s childhood home.
–Lincoln Center will host an orchestral tribute to The Notorious BIG on June 10, with music arranged and conducted by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.
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