Notorious B.I.G. Too Fat, Poor for Honorary Street Name

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East Coast gangsta rapper Chris Wallace, known as The Notorious B.I.G., attends the MTV Video Music Awards in 1995
Photo: Mitchell Gerber/Corbis

"He started selling drugs at 12, he was a school dropout at 17, he was arrested for drugs and weapons charges, 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." — Brooklyn Community board member Lucy Koteen read the Christopher Wallace Wikipedia page and did not like what she saw. A petition to name the corner where the late rapper grew up — his childhood home is now worth close to a million dollars — has an uphill battle ahead.