BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — It’s a big celebration for one of Brooklyn’s legendary rappers.
In honor of the late Biggie Smalls, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams proclaimed May 21 — the hip hop star’s birthday — as “Christopher ‘The Notorious B.I.G.’ Wallace Day.”
Adams paid tribute to the Bedford-Stuyvesant native on Thursday, presenting a proclamation to his daughter, T’yanna Wallace, and rapper and longtime friend Lil’ Cease.
“On his birthday, Brooklyn salutes one of our own, who has never been forgotten as long as his music plays,” Adams said.
“His energy will remain and continue to inspire people throughout not only the borough of Brooklyn, but Biggie put Brooklyn on the map.”
The Borough President recalled hearing the rapper’s music being played throughout the community, and said as a former NYPD officer he used to “blast Biggie in the locker room of the precinct…to let them know that Biggie’s in the house.”
T’yanna Wallace said her father would be proud of the honorary day.
“My family appreciates this more than you can even know,” she said.
“I know my dad really loved Brooklyn. He loved where he was from ... — Brooklyn, Bed-Stuy, ‘Do or Die,’ that’s what he always said.”
The announcement came days before Notorious B.I.G.’s 44th birthday and also coincides with Friday’s highly-anticipated Barclays Center kickoff for Puff Daddy’s “Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour.”
The celebrity-studded Brooklyn concert is set to honor Biggie with expected appearances from the rapper’s former wife and singer Faith Evans, Lil’ Kim and Jay Z.