New York City has announced plans to celebrate the late rapper Christopher Wallace, better known as The Notorious B.I.G., on what would have been his 50th birthday (May 21). 

The MTA has partnered with Rhino Entertainment to release limited edition MetroCards honoring the Bedford-Stuyvesant native. 

The MetroCards will feature a portrait of the Notorious B.I.G. on the reverse side and they will be available for purchase starting at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 21 at the following stations in Central Brooklyn

  • Lafayette Avenue C
  • Clinton-Washington Avenue C
  • Clinton-Washington Avenue G
  • Atlantic Avenue – Barclays Center 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, R, Q

On Thursday, Mayor Eric Adams proclaimed May 21 to be “Christopher ‘The Notorious B.I.G.’ Wallace Day” in New York City. 

CJ Wallace, who was just five months old when his father was killed, accepted the honor. 

Watch a clip of his speech below. 

See the full list of additional events below.

May 20, 2022: 

  • Empire State Building will host a lighting ceremony to honor the 50th birthday of the Notorious B.I.G. at 4 p.m.
  • 2nd Annual B.I.G. Dinner Gala in honor of Notorious B.I.G.’s 50th birthday celebration at Gustavino’s at 8 p.m.

May 21, 2022: 

  • Christopher Wallace Birthday Block Party May 21 at 226 St James Place in Bed-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. in front of Christopher Wallace’s childhood home.

June 10, 2022:

  • Lincoln Center will host an orchestral tribute to The Notorious B.I.G. on June 10, featuring music arranged and conducted by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.

We’ll always love Big Poppa.

Source: ABC7NY