New York City plans tribute to The Notorious B.I.G.

The Notorious B.I.G. is set to be remembered in New York City credit:Bang Showbiz
The Notorious B.I.G. is set to be remembered in New York City credit:Bang Showbiz

New York City will pay tribute to The Notorious B.I.G. on May 21.

The Brooklyn-born rap legend - who was killed in a drive-by shooting in March 1997, aged 24 - would've celebrated his 50th birthday on May 21, and to mark the occasion, the Empire State Building will change its lights’ colour to red and white, with a crown spinning on its mast to honour the iconic star.

A special ceremony will also be held at the Empire State Building on May 20, when a host of friends and collaborators - including Lil Kim, Lil’ Cease and Voletta Wallace, the rapper's mother - will gather to remember the rap legend and to celebrate his legacy.

In Brooklyn, the Barclays Center will remember Biggie's life by featuring a video montage of his records on the display above the arena’s entrance.

What's more, New York City's public transportation agency is set to release a special edition MetroCard on May 21 that features the 'Juicy' hitmaker.

The Notorious B.I.G. - whose real name was Christopher Wallace - rose to stardom alongside Sean 'Diddy' Combs in the early 90s.

And Diddy previously admitted that "the money, the fame [and] the success" lost all meaning for him following the death of his good friend.

He shared: "It made me appreciate life, and it made me want to ... do things for the greater good."

Diddy was with the rap star in Los Angeles when he was fatally shot, and he admits that the tragedy totally transformed his own outlook on life.

He said: "I wanted to make sure, like, that this dream meant something at the end of the day because, you know, this young man, you know, lost his life throughout this journey."