NYC Mayor Honors Hip-Hop with Street Names
Let’s clap it up one time for hip-hop!
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill to rename 42 streets and places in five of the city’s boroughs.
And the reason we’re clapping it for hip-hop? Well, one of those streets will honor hip-hop’s original stomping grounds and birthplace, the Bronx and another will pay tribute to Brooklyn MC Robert “Pumpkinhead” Diaz.
The “Boogie Down Bronx” is now home to “Hip Hop Boulevard.”
DJ Kool Herc, who kicked off the hip-hop movement when he threw a “back to school jam” in 1973 on 1520 Sedgewick Ave. in the Bronx, DJ Afrika Bambaata, who headed the Zulu Nation and Herc’s sister and “First Lady of Hip-hop” Carol Campbell, were in attendance for the bill signing.
“Robert PH Diaz Way” will replace the formerly named DeGraw St. between Fourth and Fifth Avenues in the Brooklyn borough. Diaz, was a major contributor to the underground rap scene and the genre’s overall culture. In 2015, PH died unexpectedly due to complications following a minor surgery in June of last year.
Mayor De Blasio announcing the street named Robert “PH” Diaz Way. So #proud of my, no OUR brother @ph_teamhomi you moved a lot of people with your poetry and your kind actions in life. Actions speak louder than words and yours spoke volumes. #ParkSlope #Leader #ripPH #liveforever in #history #immortal #MCMI #plague
De Blasio told the press, “If you have friends on the West Coast, remember to tell them it all started here, okay? Just remind them of that fact.”
The remaining streets and places, included in the bill, will be named after fallen police officers.