The late The Notorious B.I.G. is of course a legend in the rap game, but that doesn’t matter to the committee board members in Brooklyn. The members have objected in naming a street after the late rapper, government name Christopher Wallace, in his honor. CB2 committee member Lucy Koteen, said she “looked up the rapper’s history,” and states:
“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,” states Koteen. “I don’t see how this guy was a role model and frankly it offends me.”
Kenn Lowy, another board member, stated he didn’t appreciate the rappers misogynist views toward women. Nonetheless, there won’t be any streets named after Biggie anytime soon.
Which brings about the point of entertainers being role models; they are not. Their jobs are to entertain and serve their obligation to their recording contracts. Whether it’s through pure artistry or a gimmick/calculated scheme, it’s their job to rap/sing/act their way to the top. Most of the time, it’s by using an alternative persona to sell their brand. Although B.I.G. was an excellent artist and left behind an impressive legacy, that alone doesn’t exclude his past decisions when it comes to things of this matter. Is it right? Not really, but in the bitter end, this shouldn’t be a surprise that the committee chose not to reward B.I.G. with a street named after him.