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NYC intersection renamed after late hip hop icon

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Fordham Road and Grand Concourse, one of the most famous intersections in the Bronx, was renamed "Big Pun Plaza" Monday after late rapper Big Punisher, born Christopher Lee Rios.

Video Transcript

- What's up, y'all? What's up, y'all?

[CHEERING]

Boogie down is in the house, or what? BX, stand up. BX, stand up. Big Pun was a treasure. Where's Liza? Liza. Hi, Liza. Let's give Liza a strong round of applause, man.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

This is long overdue. This is long overdue for Liza and the family. This is long overdue for Pun. This is long overdue for the BX. This is long overdue for hip hop.

Big Pun, for those of us who are from the Bronx, for those of us who-- no disrespect to nobody else-- who are Puerto Rican Latinos, he's our Biggie. He's one of my favorite rappers. I never got the chance to meet him personally.

But I've been working-- I remember working with Liza and the family and the foundation when he first passed away. I don't know if Rebecca's around, but we worked on that many years ago. When you look at his albums like "Yeeeah, Baby" and "Capital Punishment," to this day, it helps me get through my gym workouts. To this day, I've still got to view the lyrics on YouTube to follow it.

He was incredible. His son-- where's Chris? Yeah, let's give him a short round of applause. [CHEERING AND APPLAUSE] Come on, y'all. Y'all can do better than that. [CHEERING AND APPLAUSE] Pun's daughters, they're entrepreneurs. Their DNA is strong. The pedigree is heavy. They are talented.

Today for [SPEAKING SPANISH], we salute you and the city council for making this happen. Pun is going to be right here in the liveliest corner in the Boogie Down Bronx. Enjoy, y'all. And soon, we're going to be groundbreaking on the Hip Hop Museum.

And hopefully, Pun will be one of the first to be inducted to the Hip Hop hall of Fame right here in God's country. Shout out to Red Alert. Love you, Red Alert. Cool DJ, Red Alert. Thank you all. Pun live forever. Peace!

Oh, let's give it up to Liza, y'all.

- Liza!

[MUSIC PLAYING]

- Whoo, there she go. There she go.

- Oh, man. This is beautiful. I really-- this is a moment that we've been waiting for a long time, me and our family. This is my grandson, [INAUDIBLE] Rios. He loves his granddad so much. But yeah, I am so appreciative of this moment. It's been like Nicole said that, we've been trying to do this for a long time, for 20 years.

And like she said, it's on God's timing. And God will put the right people in your life to make things happen. And I've been a very patient woman, and I'm very humble.

And I am humbly honored that this is happening-- this right here at Fordham Road and University-- I mean, Grand Concourse is one of the-- like they said, one of the iconic blocks. And it's fit for a legend. Pun loved the Bronx. Like he embodied the Bronx. So everything-- he loved the Bronx. He loved his people.

You know, and I am just so thankful for everything, for Fernando Cabrera, for everything that everybody who had a part in this. You know, the NYPD told [INAUDIBLE] to meet with Fernando. Everyone who has-- Oscar, my team-- you know, they've been amazing. And I want to thank the fans because you guys have held Pun for days-- for years and years. Because of you-- you know I'm saying-- he lives on.

And I just really want to appreciate my family. I want to appreciate all you guys. And I just love all you guys. And this is for us. This is forever. This is forever. So make sure that you follow Pun official IG pages. Official Big Pun-- his IG, his Twitter, his YouTube, also his Facebook. And we've got Big Pun Plaza also. It's on IG.

So whenever you guys are up here and want to post a video, want a shout-out, just tag me, and we'll put it up. But I really, again, thank you for everybody. I love you guys. Appreciate it. Thank you.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

[MUSIC PLAYING]

- All right. All right. All right. The moment we've been waiting for. The moment we've been waiting for. We are going to set up right now for the unveiling of the Big Pun-- come on. This is it. This is it. I'm going to ask the family-- if you could let the family come through-- the son, daughter, grandchild.

[SIDE CONVERSATION]

- Oh, here we go!

- Hold on!

- Hold on!

- History about to be made. History about to be made.

- History about to be made, y'all!

- That's what I'm talking about history!

- Where's your son?

[SIDE CONVERSATION]

Chris! Chris! Come on, my brother. It's a family thing together.

- Pull it, Chris!

- Pull it, Chris!

- That's what I'm saying.

[CHEERING]

- Pull it for your father!

[CHEERING]

- 1, 2, 3! Slow, slow, slow, slow, slow, slow, slow.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

[MUSIC PLAYING]