Mayor Bill de Blasio Brings 'Hip Hop Boulevard' to Genre's Birthplace in the Bronx

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Mayor Bill de Blasio photographed in New York City on Feb. 18, 2016.

Street dreams are made of these -- hip-hop now has its own boulevard in New York.

On Thursday (Feb. 25), Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill into law to rename a total 42 streets and places throughout the five boroughs, which included 1520 Sedgewick Avenue in the Bronx being dubbed "Hip Hop Boulevard," the genre's birthplace.

"If you have friends on the West Coast, remember to tell them it all started here, okay? Just remind them of that fact," de Blasio told press, according to the NY Daily News 

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Hip-hop legends attended the signing including DJ Kool Herc (real name Clive Campbell), his sister Carol “First Lady of Hip Hop” Campbell -- who helmed the historic block parties on Sedgewick Ave. where beats and rhymes formed a happy union -- and DJ Afrika Bambataa. 

As XXL points out, late underground rhymer Pumpkinhead, who passed in June 2015, was also honored as Degraw Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn was renamed Robert PH Diaz Way.


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