Young Biggie Smalls Bagged Groceries, Now The Same Store Is Painting A Mural In His Honor

The lyrics to “Juicy” color the story of The Notorious B.I.G.’s youth. Before he was Biggie Smalls, Christopher Wallace was earning his money to buy mixtapes and Rap magazines by bagging groceries in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. The same supermarket where Biggie worked as a teenager in the late 1980s remains, Key Food, at the intersection of Fulton Street and St. James. Just minutes from Wallace’s childhood, this corner side face of Key Foods will now carry his immortal likeness.

According to DNA Info, Key Foods ownership and Leroy McCarthy have organized a commission by muralist Danielle Mastrion to paint The Notorious B.I.G. on the side of the grocery store.

“This is about his roots and not the rap icon that he became,” said the artist, who recently did a Beastie Boys mural on the Lower East Side, side. “It will be of him as a child sitting on the steps of his brownstone, like any other kid in the neighborhood.”

Painting will begin this month.

This Monday (March 9) marked 18 years since Christopher Wallace was tragically murdered in Los Angeles, California.

Read the full report in DNA Info.

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