On this day in 1997, the Hip Hop community as well as Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn bid farewell to one of its favorite sons and an unforgettable farewell it was.

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Nine days following the shooting death of one of Hip Hop’s most celebrated lyricists, Fulton Street and St. James Place in the heart of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn was the site of the legendary celebration of life for Brooklyn’s own Christopher Wallace aka Biggie Smalls. Celebrities such as Mary J. Blige, Lil’ Kim, Ma$e, DJ Premier and others came out to remember the fallen King Of New York, but the most vivid memory was how Bed-Stuy came out to show love for Biggie.

Thousands gathered in the streets of Brooklyn to say one last goodbye to B.I.G…Brooklyn style.