Brooklyn, NY – The late Notorious B.I.G.’s presence has loomed large for the past two years as part of a mural painted in his likeness, which is prominently displayed on the side of a Brooklyn building on Bedford Avenue and Quincy Street.
The mural, created by Naoufal “Rocko” Alaoui and Scott “Zimer” Zimmerman, will likely be destroyed in the near future, according to DNAInfo. The building’s landlord, Samuel Berkowitz, has renovations planned that require the mural to come down.
Berkowitz seemed to brush off any criticism he’s received so far.
“Let me rephrase the question — why should I keep it?” Berkowitz told DNAInfo. “I don’t even see the point of the discussion. I could demolish the building if I wanted to. I don’t need no permission from anyone except the DOB.”
In an Instagram post uploaded earlier this week, an art collective affiliated with Rocko and Zimer revealed that Berkowitz requested $1,250 a month from them in order to keep the mural up, but they said it’s not something the organization can afford.