A group of community organizers in New York City are leading the push for the immortalization of Hip Hop legend Big Pun.
News 12 in The Bronx has reported that a group of residents in the NY borough want to rename 163rd Street after late Hip Hop icon Big Pun.
Among the group of community members who have extended support for the initiative is Chris Rivers, Big Pun’s own son. Rivers, who embarked on his own rap career years ago, revealed that such a feat would be “amazing” for fans.
“I think for the people of the Bronx that grew up listening to him. That was inspired by his words. And the millions of people that heard his music and it changed their lives,” Chris Rivers said. “I think it would be amazing to see something more concrete. I think for one of their favorite artists or just for someone who held down the Bronx. I think it would be an amazing thing for us and for his fans.”
Rivers shared the below photo on Instagram just after his interview with News 12.
Interview with @news12bx about my fathers wall, legacy and street being named after him as well as my career! Thanks @esteltzer for the awesome interview and thanks @filausa for the dope attire. And I thank all of you that make me #AlmostCool enough to do stuff like this. I love ya ! #DragonsUp #DragonGod #IFeelAwesome #YouShouldToo #SexSymbol
City Councilman Rafael Salamanca stated to News 12 that “If both the residents and the Board then approve, I would be more than happy to take proposed street co-naming before the City Council.”
In 2014, an unofficial Big Pun street sign was placed on East 163rd Street and Rogers Place in the Bronx. The street sign, which was purchased and erected by a fan of the rapper, was later removed.
New York has multiple streets named in honor of rappers, including Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor Way in Queens, Robert “PH” Diaz Way in Brooklyn, and Hip Hop Boulevard in the Bronx.