Photos Of BSA #4: Brooklyn King Biggie Still Rules

Happy Holidays! We’re celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of the next by thanking BSA readers, friends, and family for all of your support in 2022. We have selected some of our favorite shots by our Editor of Photography, Jaime Rojo, and we’re sharing a new one every day to celebrate all our good times together, our hope for the future, and our love for the street.

Brooklyn is in Kings County, New York. It’s common for people here to refer to graffiti kings, barbecue kings, Kings of the Sea, the King of Glory, and kings of myriad realms; so infatuated are we with the concept of royalty- despite the US history of breaking away from King George III to form a more perfect union.

In the terminology of our pop hagiography, there can be no doubt which portrait appears in the most murals throughout our borough – Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known by his stage names the Notorious B.I.G., Biggie Smalls, or simply Biggie. 25 years after his death, you see Biggie all over Brooklyn, and he truly is a king.

Hip Hop is my Religion. Bedstuy Walls. Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)