Over the weekend, Big Pun aficionados hit the streets and rallied to rename the Bronx, NY intersection of 163rd Street and Rogets Place as Big Pun Place. The spot, which houses the iconic Pun memorial painted by the TATS Cru, needs some petition signatures to have a shot at becoming official, but it got us thinking about some other hip-hop artists that deserve their own streets. Here’s our top 5:
Jay-Z – No brainer, right? The only question here is which way to view the ever-versatile Brooklyn MC. While Madison Avenue, with its mixture of business and advertising, might be in play when all is said and done, we’ll suggest that Hov’s former home off of Marcy Avenue in Brooklyn would be the perfect fit.
New name: Jay-Z Avenue
Lil Wayne – Lil Wayne may have spent most of his life on a tour bus, but that doesn’t mean his New Orleans roots are forgotten. The Young Money leader grew up at 1800 Hollygrove in the city’s 17th Ward, and he’s surely enough of an icon to get honored for spreading unique New Orleans flavor all over the rap landscape.
New name: Lil Wayne Lane
RZA – In a perfect world, every member of The Wu-Tang Clan would have their own street. Yet as the group’s leader, RZA gets first pick. In his memoirs, Tao of Wu, the Clan leader wrote about growing up in Staten Island’s Stapleton Projects and we think the borough’s Targee Street has his name all over it. Also, yes, RZA did live with Ghostface Killah for awhile, but Ghostface Avenue might be a little intimidating for the Department of Transportation.
New name: RZA Road
Nate Dogg – In a Long Beach walking tour with Vice Magazine, Nate Dogg once talked about how his teen residence at 2022 Lime Avenue was where he really started focusing on music. “A preacher lived next door, and a killer on the other side,” he explained. Well, that sounds like the exact combination that Nate explored throughout his storied career. If anything, hip-hop’s top crooner deserves a little pavement in his name.
New name: Nate Dogg Street
UGK – Before linking up with Pimp C to form the gold standard of Texas hip-hop duo UGK, Bun B spent his formative years in Port Arthur, TX. Talk to locals, and it seems that any street in the town could be named after the duo, yet we’ll go with San Antonio Street — home to the biggest UGK mural and a fitting tribute to the trillest underground kings.
New name: UGK Way
What other hip-hop artists do you think deserve their own street? Let us know below!