Followers of Biggie Smalls packed subway stations throughout Brooklyn Saturday to attain commemorative MetroCards honoring the late hip-hop rapper’s 50th birthday.
About 50,000 playing cards had been packed in MetroCard machines at 4 stations in Brooklyn, which was residence to Biggie, aka “Infamous B.I.G.”
Individuals had been lined up about 100 at a time, ready for hours on the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Heart station for a crack at shopping for a few of the playing cards, which featured a portrait of the late rapper.
Many stated it was effectively price it.
“It was a protracted, sizzling two hours,” stated Melissa Pajuelo, 30, of Brighton Seaside, after shopping for 5 MetroCards. “Two are for me. One other two are for my boyfriend, and the final one is for my homeboy.”
“It’s Biggie Smalls. He’s an icon,” she added. “Who’s not going to need this, being born and raised in Brooklyn?”
“I’m not even going to make use of the cardboard,” stated Carmen Torres, 62, sporting a Biggie T-shirt. “I’m simply going to place it in a secure place.”
Cameron McGinn, 27, of Manhattan, stated the MTA’s commemorative MetroCards had been a wise enterprise transfer.
“I’ve all the time been a giant Biggie fan,” he stated. “This can be a cool approach and a novel merchandise to get and present true fandom.”
“Clearly individuals are down for it,” he added. “I’d come again for an additional.”
One enterprising man tried to make some B.I.G bucks by scalping the commemorative playing cards to individuals looking for to keep away from the lengthy wait.
“Forty bucks! Who needs it?” he shouted.
The MetroCards are one among some ways the Huge Apple is celebrating the fiftieth birthday of the late rap star, who was infamously gunned down and murdered in 1997 after leaving a Vibe celebration in Los Angeles. He was 24. The case still has not been solved.
Biggie, whose actual title was Christopher Wallace, signed to Sean Combs’ Dangerous Boy label when it launched in 1993. His debut album “Able to Die” was launched a 12 months later to worldwide acclaim, and spawned hit singles together with “Huge Poppa” and “Juicy.”