A mural honoring legendary rapper Notorious BIG was vandalized Friday night in Brooklyn, according to local reports.
Police are looking for the vandal responsible for the horrific act that took place on the corner of St. James Place and Fulton Street in Clinton Hill, the area where the rapper, whose real name is Christopher Wallace, grew up.
The “Hypnotize” artist’s mural was tagged with dark red spray paint with “East Coast” all over Wallace’s face.
Artist Vincent Ballentine created the 2019 artwork and, according to Complex, hangs on the wall of a Beauty World salon where Biggie spent much of his childhood.
“Oh what a disrespect,” Ballentine posted on Instagram, showing off the destruction. “The lack of respect is real. Damned shame. Why did they do that?”
Ballentine told TSTIME News that he had vowed to fix the mural he initially created to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the East Coast rapper’s death.
“So for this to happen, people come by saying, ‘Damn, they did it dirty.’ It’s bigger than I. It’s a big period, I don’t know what else to say,” Ballentine told the outlet.
Notorious BIG died on March 9, 1997 in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. He was 24 years old.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams condemned the vandalism in an interview with NY1 News and said the artwork would be “cleaned up and repaired.”
“Biggie is a hero to our community, and that’s damn sure not how you spread love the Brooklyn way, as Biggie would say,” Adams said. “We’re going to look into that and make sure the mural is cleaned up and repaired, because this has a place there and it’s staying there, and we want to find the person responsible.”