The Notorious B.I.G. will be honored in New York City on May 21 for what would have been the hip-hop icon’s 50th birthday.

The Empire State Building will change its lights’ color to red and white, with a crown spinning on its mast in honor of the late rapper and homage to his debut album Ready To Die. Biggie born Christopher Wallace died in 1997 at the age of 24.

The day before, on May 20, the Empire State Building, in partnership with Bad Boy / Atlantic / Rhino Records, will host a ceremony that will include Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace, his children (CJ and Tyanna Wallace), his friend James Lloyd (Lil’ Cease), and rap icon Kimberly Denise Jones (Lil Kim). Other close friends, collaborators, and hip-hop luminaries, that were instrumental in Biggie’s meteoric success and legacy will also be in attendance.

The Barclays Center will also honor the legendary rapper by featuring a video montage of classic Biggie records on the display above the arena’s entrance to celebrate The G.O.A.T.’s 50th Birthday.

In addition, The New York City MTA will release a special edition MetroCard on May 21 that features The Notorious B.I.G. The card will be available exclusively at three subway stations near his old neighborhood: Lafayette Avenue, Clinton – Washington Ave., and Atlantic Ave.

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