Fans of late rap icon Notorious B.I.G. are flocking to sign an online petition to have a street in New York named in his honour.

The petition has been launched on public campaign site, where fans of the star, real name Christopher Wallace, can sign to try and convince Big Apple officials to change the name of his childhood street in Brooklyn.

Petitioners want Christopher Wallace Way to be added to St James Place and Fulton Street in his native neighbourhood. It has received almost 400 of the 500 signatures required.

The mission statement reads, "Christopher Wallace 'Notorious B.I.G., Biggie Smalls, Big Poppa' is a native of Brooklyn, Ny, and his success through his artistic and creative lyrical wordsmith in music has influenced people around the world. This is a petition to honor Christopher Wallace with the co-naming of the corner of this childhood home at St James Place and Fulton Street in Brooklyn, Ny to Christopher Wallace Way."

Wallace was killed during a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles in 1997.