Fans of Biggie Smalls packed subway stations crossed Brooklyn Saturday to people commemorative MetroCards honoring the precocious hip-hop rapper’s 50th birthday.
About 50,000 cards were packed successful MetroCard machines astatine 4 stations successful Brooklyn, which was location to Biggie, aka “Notorious B.I.G.”
People were lined up astir 100 astatine a time, waiting for hours astatine the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center presumption for a ace astatine buying immoderate of the cards, which featured a representation of the precocious rapper.
Many said it was good worthy it.
“It was a long, blistery 2 hours,” said Melissa Pajuelo, 30, of Brighton Beach, aft buying 5 MetroCards. “Two are for me. Another 2 are for my boyfriend, and the past 1 is for my homeboy.”
“It’s Biggie Smalls. He’s an icon,” she added. “Who’s not going to privation this, being calved and raised successful Brooklyn?”
“I’m not adjacent going to usage the card,” said Carmen Torres, 62, sporting a Biggie T-shirt. “I’m conscionable going to enactment it successful a harmless place.”
Cameron McGinn, 27, of Manhattan, said the MTA’s commemorative MetroCards were a astute concern move.
“I’ve ever been a large Biggie fan,” helium said. “This is simply a chill mode and a unsocial point to get and amusement existent fandom.”
“Clearly radical are down for it,” helium added. “I’d travel backmost for another.”
One enterprising antheral tried to marque immoderate B.I.G bucks by scalping the commemorative cards to radical seeking to debar the agelong wait.
“Forty bucks! Who wants it?” helium shouted.
The MetroCards are 1 of galore ways the Big Apple is celebrating the 50th day of the precocious rap star, who was infamously gunned down and murdered successful 1997 aft leaving a Vibe enactment successful Los Angeles. He was 24. The lawsuit inactive has not been solved.
Biggie, whose existent sanction was Christopher Wallace, signed to Sean Combs’ Bad Boy statement erstwhile it launched successful 1993. His debut medium “Ready to Die” was released a twelvemonth aboriginal to worldwide acclaim, and spawned deed singles including “Big Poppa” and “Juicy.”