A new mural of The Notorious B.I.G. will hang in Brooklyn's Barclays Center in the coming months, as part of a new Bed-Stuy themed campaign from the Brooklyn Nets, which honors the late rapper's home neighborhood. The mural, designed by artist David Hollier, was first unveiled at Bed-Stuy space The Brooklyn Bank on Thursday (12/21), and features a sketch of Biggie Smalls in a Brooklyn Nets cap, formed by lyrics from his 1997 hit "Sky's The Limit." The mural's reveal was also celebrated with an intimate, brief performance from fellow Bed-Stuy native Joey Bada$$.
Joey Bada$$ was introduced by Brooklyn Nets star DeAndre Jordan, who sported a new, limited Nike City Edition uniform, complete with a camo pattern representing "the cultural melting pot of the borough," and a distinctive "BED-STUY" graphic designed by artist Eric Haze. The new uniforms will be worn at 28 of the Nets' upcoming home games, and will make their debut at Barclays Center when the Nets take on the Boston Celtics on November 29. The uniforms will also be available for online purchase the same day.
The Nets, in partnership with Nike, are also reviving a music program at Bed-Stuy’s Madiba Prep Middle School of Social Justice and Innovation in Biggie's honor, where instructors from The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music will lead 20 weeks of clarinet, trumpet, guitar and percussion classes to 40 sixth grade students.
You can view footage and some photos of Joey Bada$$' performance and the uniform reveal below.