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News 12 The Bronx reported that fans of the legendary East Coast rapper, Big Pun, are trying to get the city to rename 163rd Street after Pun. Big Pun passed away 17 years ago from a heart attack, but his legacy still lives on. He was the first Puerto Rican hip hop artist “to sell more than a million albums,” according to News 12. Currently, there is a mural of Pun on the corner of East 163rd and Rogers Place, so this particular street is the most appropriate to pay homage to the rapper.
Big Pun’s son, Chris Rivers, heard about the petition and supports the movement. In addition, City Councilman Rafael Salamanca said that he will take the petition before City Council, as long as the community board and residents also support it. We hope that Bronx executes this idea, serving Big Pun’s life and legacy well.