The phrases “It as all a dream” and “Cash rules everything around me,” are synonymous with hip-hop culture. The lyrics coined by the Brooklyn’s finest The Notorious BIG and the Shaolin collective the Wu-Tang Clan, has been uttered on street corners across the world. Now, both artists will forever be enshrined after it was announced that “Biggie Smalls” and the “Wu” will have streets named after them. Also, country icon Woody Guthrie will receive a street named after him. The New York City Council voted unanimously to pass the bills.
According to Rolling Stone, The Brooklyn block where the Notorious B.I.G. grew up – located on St. James Place between Fulton Street and Gates Avenue – will be renamed Christopher Wallace Way after the rapper’s birth name, while Staten Island’s Vanderbilt Avenue and Targee Street will tentatively be called Wu-Tang Clan District. In November, the Brooklyn Community Board 2 voted to approve the re-naming petition of Christopher Wallace Way, setting the stage for Friday’s vote.
Speaking to Gothamist, McCarthy observed, “I’m happy that NYC officials are finally giving the city’s indigenous ‘Hip Hop’ music the respect and recognition that it deserves. It took a long time and lots of hard work to advance the Christopher Wallace Way & Wu-Tang Clan District street co-naming, but ya know what, Hip Hop Don’t Stop.”
The measure has one more step before it becomes official: The signature of Mayor de Blasio is required to turn the bill into law.