Last month, AllHipHop.com reported that a street in New York City was being renamed after Big Pun. The 1990s-era rapper born Christopher Lee Rios is being immortalized in his hometown.
The official location of Big Pun Plaza has been revealed. According to the late emcee’s verified Instagram account, the honorific dedication will be located at Grand Concourse and Fordham Rd in The Bronx.
“It’s a Legendary Moment in our History and EVERYONE is invited! Day of event WILL [BE] CONFIRMED SOON,” reads a caption on the @officialbigpun IG page. A separate @bigpunplaza account was also set up to provide more information in the future.
Big Pun was one of the most celebrated rap stars to emerge on the national stage in the late 90s. He released his Grammy-nominated debut studio album, Capital Punishment, in 1998 to widespread critical acclaim.
Rios passed away on February 7, 2000, at the age of 28. The posthumous Big Pun project, Yeeeah Baby, arrived in April of that year. Both of his studio LPs are certified Platinum by the RIAA.