The NYPD is looking to track down the vandal responsible for defacing a Notorious B.I.G. mural in Brooklyn.
As reported by CBS News, a Biggie mural located at the corner of St. James Place and Fulton Street in Clinton Hill was vandalized on Friday, as someone spray painted the rapper’s face and wrote the words “East Coast” across the painting.
The mural, which is hung on the wall of a Beauty World salon, where Biggie grew up, was unveiled back in March to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his death.
Artist Vincent Ballentine, who spent two days crafting the mural in 2019, told CBS News he plans to fix the artwork.
“I think the neighborhood really saw it as he was one of ours, and he made it out and he made something of himself. That’s the story people hold on to,” Ballentine shared.
Per NY1 News, Mayor Eric Adams, when asked about the incident during an event today, condemned the vandalism as “unacceptable.”
“Biggie is a hero to our community, and that’s darn sure not how you spread love the Brooklyn way, as Biggie would say,” Adams said. “We’re going to look into that and make sure that mural is cleaned up and repaired because this has a place there and it remains there, and we want to find the person responsible.”