The owner of a building that was home to a mural of the Notorious B.I.G. has decided against removing the mural after an outburst of anger from the hip-hop community and Bed-Stuy residents.

According to, the landlord told the artists he didn’t understand fully what the rapper meant to the neighborhood. Check out the update below via Spread Art NYC’s Instagram.

Last week fans thought the historic mural of the Notorious B.I.G. in Bed-Stuy, New York would soon become a distant memory.

The mural, created by Naoufal “Rocko” Alaoui and Scott “Zimer” Zimmerman, will most likely be destroyed according to DNAInfo. Samuel Berkowitz, the building’s landlord, has renovations planned that unfortunately require the mural to come down.

In an updated Instagram post, an organization affiliated with Rocko and Zimer revealed the landlord requested $1,250 per month in order to keep the mural up, a fee Spread Art NYC can’t afford.

The news comes on the helm of what would have been B.I.G.’s 45th birthday (May 21). But if you need more Big Poppa in your life, Faith Evans has released a duets album with her late husband called The King & I.

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