'He put Brooklyn on his back.' New murals mark 25th anniversary of Notorious B.I.G.'s death
A somber anniversary was recognized today across Brooklyn. March 9 marks 25 years since the death of the Notorious B.I.G.
Biggie Smalls is still remembered and was honored today through two new murals unveiled at Fine Care Pharmacy.
Elliot Salome-Diaz is one of the artists who contributed saying, "When his music came out, I just connected. He told the stories of us just growing up as we were coming up in New York City."
Throughout the process of painting the mural, they say they were inspired by the stories shared with them by the community but also the love and support extended their way.
They also spent time talking about the importance of stopping gun violence. Biggie was killed in a shooting at a stop light in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. Christopher Wallace was born and raised in Bed-Stuy and was only 24 years old when he was killed.
"He put Brooklyn on his back like no one else could, and we lost him to gun violence. And it's still here. I do want to make sure there's responsible music. I want to be clear about that but the answer to that is to change what is happening on the ground, so people are not using that violence to communicate. And also, we need to stop the guns from flowing into our communities in the first place," says Public Advocate Jumaane Williams.
As for what's next, Salome-Diaz says they're planning to paint another mural in Williamsburg for Biggie's upcoming 50th birthday.