Bronx Community Fights For Big Pun Street Name

163rd in the Bronx is being advocated to be renamed after the platinum-selling rapper.

The beloved Bronx-bred, Boricua hip-hop legend may be honored with his very own street, as conducive to history of the culture. News 12 reported Friday (May 26) that community members are organizing to dedicate the Bronx’s 163rd Street to late rapper Christopher "Big Pun" Rios. The intersection of 163rd and Rogers Place is also home to the mural of Rios. Naturally, if a street should be named after the Latino icon, one of the aforementioned streets would be it.

In a spot with News 12 to discuss his father’s legacy and his own career, Big Punisher’s son, Chris Rivers, announces his support of the organizer’s efforts.

“I think for the people of the Bronx that grew up listening to him, that was inspired by his words, and the millions of people that heard his music and it changed their lives, I think it’d be amazing to see something more concrete,” Rivers says.

The initiative has even gained attention of the municipal government. City councilman Rafael Salamanca confirms that if the borough’s residents and community board support it, he’ll present the co-naming to the City Council.

Big Pun, who died 17 years ago this February, became the first Latino rapper to go platinum thanks to his debut album, Capital Punishment. Besides through the lyrics of his daughter Star Rios, and son Chris Rivers, it seems his legacy will be able to live on in one more deserving way.

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Janelle Monae, Lil Wayne, Team Imapala, Slash, and J. Balvin are among the artists who will be taking the stage for Lollapalooza 2019, festival organizers revealed Tuesday (March 19).

Lolla's partial performance list was unveiled in a nearly 14:00-minute interactive video featuring dogs up for adoption at PAWS Chicago. The pups move around in a makeshift playpen filled with plastic balls that reveal the images of the acts billed to perform at this year’s festival. The list also includes, Lil Baby and his “Close Friends” collaborator, Gunna, along with Lil Skies, French artist Madeon, Spanish singer ROSALÍA, electronic act Yaeji, and Australian dance group Rufus Du Sol.

Lollapalooza returns to Chicago’s Grant Park Aug. 1-4. It’s unclear when the full list of performers will be announced. As for tickets, 4-day general admission passes are on sale for $360 a pop, while VIP tickets will run music fans $2,200. One-day general admission passes haven't gone on sale yet but will cost $130 each, and a single-day VIP ticket comes with a $650 price tag.

Click here for ticketing info. Watch video of the lineup unveil below.

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Jay-Z And Chance The Rapper To Headline Woodstock 50

Th lineup up for Woodstock's 50th anniversary festival has been announced, and the roster is stacked with your favorite artists. Jay-Z and Chance the Rapper are just two of the headlining acts for the summer 2019 event.

The festival will run for three days. The first day will include performances from Run the Jewels, Princess Nokia, Akon, Santana, and more. The second day will include Chance, India.Arie, Gary Clark Jr., and Sir. The third and final day will finish strong with Jay-Z, Janelle Monae, Common, and Earl Sweatshirt.

Co-founder and producer of the festival Michael Lang told Billboard  that the lineup will be a "mix of some of the old bands who are still performing and a lot of new headline talent. Probably more than any other festival's ever had."

Lang added: "It'll cross genres from rock to pop, folk and hip hop. It's kind of representative of this idea of engagement and trying to steer toward acts that are heavily involved in social issues. So there's some real gravitas in the performance and we want it to live on beyond the event."

In addition to the musical performances, Woodstock 50 has announced its non-profit partners, including Conservation International, Dolphin Project, Felix Organization, Happy Hippie Foundation, HeadCount, Hiring America, March For Our Lives, REFORM Alliance, Seva Foundation and SocialWorks.

The original Woodstock was held in New York's Catskill Mountains from 1969 to 2009. More than 32 acts performed during the events, attracting 400,000 fans. Woodstock 50 will hit Watkins Glen, New York from Aug. 16, to Aug. 18. Check out the full lineup below.

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Nas Gives Travis Scott Advice On Addressing Politics In 'Playboy'

Playboy unveiled its "The Speech Issue" on Monday (Mar. 18), which included a thoughtful conversation between Nas and Travis Scott. During their lengthy conversation, the two discussed the debate regarding hip-hop's generational gap, politics, and more hot topics.

Scott kicked off the discussion by commending hip-hop veterans on paving the way for younger artists. "The past generation knocked down so many doors where, you know, they were spitting a lot of pain, man," La Flame said. "They was dealing with a lot of police stuff. We’re still dealing with that now, but it wasn’t so free. Now we got more of a voice at the label."

Nas appeared to agree with Scott. "Nowadays the pain has changed. We’re after different things. We broke past the barriers," he added. "We understand what we need to do and we’re in control of what we’re doing, and no one can stop it now. No one can tell us what to do, what we can’t do. Rap music can’t be stopped now."

The conversation then shifted to politics and an artists's obligation to speak up about the things they believe in. The "Sicko Mode" rapper reached out for advice, suggesting that he was a little confused on how to tackle such a big topic. "I wouldn’t say I don’t feel compelled to speak on political issues; sometimes you just don’t want to speak too much on stuff you don’t know much about," Trav explained. "It’s not like I’m not thinking about what’s going on in the world. I’m an expressive artist, but with media and shit, it gets misconstrued."

Scott previously received backlash for performing at the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show instead of standing in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. Despite public outrage, Nas asserted that the decision to speak up should always come naturally and not depend on outside opinions. "One thing we can’t allow politics to do is take over our mind and make us fall into their game. What’s going on in the news could consume our lives. If that happens, life doesn’t go on," the Queens native said in response.

Nas also noted that hip-hop and the "hood" will always serve as a voice for the underrepresented. "Those 'hoods are always going to yell out and say what’s going on," he continued. "It’s going to get more fly and futuristic. But the message is always: We want food, shelter, health care and all the things we’re deprived of. We want no police brutality. We want all these things. That’s what hip-hop is talking about."

Read the conversation in full over at Playboy.

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