How can I get the Biggie 50th anniversary MTA cards?

AMERICAN rapper Notorious B.I.G. might have passed away in 1997, but his legacy continues to live on over 25 years later.

In honor of what would have been the star's 50th birthday, the MTA will release a special MetroCard at select subway stations around New York City.

How can I get the Biggie 50th anniversary MTA cards?

On May 19, 2022, the MTA announced a new limited-edition Notorious B.I.G. MetroCard in partnership with Rhino Entertainment.

The cards will be available at four different subway stops across Brooklyn starting at 12:01am EST on May 21, 2022.

The cards are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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The participating subway stations include:

  • Lafayette Avenue C
  • Clinton-Washington Avenue C
  • Clinton-Washington Avenue G
  • Atlantic Avenue – Barclays Center 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, R, Q

Along with the MetroCard, NYC will also honor the late rapper by holding a lighting ceremony at the Empire State Building and hosting the 2nd annual B.I.G. Dinner Gala, among other things, according to ABC7NY.

What was Biggie's cause of death?

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Biggie's career skyrocketed following the success of his debut album, Ready to Die, which reached multi-platinum status.

However, tragedy struck the entertainment industry in 1997 after he was shot to death in Los Angeles at the age of 24.

His autopsy – released 15 years after his death – showed only the final gunshot was fatal.

It entered through his right hip and struck his colon, liver, heart, and left lung.

To this day, Biggie's death still remains a mystery, but there are several theories behind the shooting.

One theory suggests Biggie was killed by mistake and that P. Diddy was the original target of the shooter.

Meanwhile, an ex-FBI agent claimed that he had evidence that the Los Angeles Police Department orchestrated Biggie's murder.

Biggie's death has since been featured in several documentaries, including Last Man Standing: Suge Knight And The Murders of Biggie & Tupac, which featured newly sourced footage taken at the time of the rap icons’ killing.

How many albums did Biggie release?

Prior to Biggie's death, the star released Ready to Die and Life After Death.

However, there have been multiple posthumous releases that date back to 1999.

Biggie's first posthumous release was the 1999 album Born Again, which features the song Dead Wrong with Eminem.

His second posthumous album, Duets: The Final Chapter, was then released in 2005 and featured archival Biggie verses, some that were unreleased and others that were familiar to fans.

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In 2017, the album The King & I was released alongside his widow, Faith Evans.

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