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Big Pun Mural

Graffiti mural commemorating Bronx-born Puerto Rican hip hop artist
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Graffiti mural of Bronx-born Big Pun, the first Puerto Rican hip hop artist to go platinum. The mural was made by local aerosol artists, Tats Cru, who were also his friends. Each year on his birthday, they change the mural slightly.

At the corner of Rogers Place and Westchester Avenue in the Longwood section of the Bronx near the elevated train platform of the Intervale train station is a mural honoring the late hip hop MC Big Punisher (Big Pun). Bronx native Christopher Ríos took the name of Big Pun after being noticed for his MC abilities buy another local Bronx hip hop hero, Fat Joe. His first album, Capital Punishment was released in 1998 and went platinum within months. He was also the first Puerto Rican hip hop star to obtain commercial success and his popularity helped to bring recognition to the role of Puerto Ricans in the development of hip hop. He died of a heart attack on February 7th, 2000, a couple of months before the release of his second album, Yeeeah Baby!.

The mural of Big Pun was created by Tats Cru, a local aerosol art collective at The Point in Hunts Point, who also happened to know the singer personally. Each year on the anniversary of his passing, members of Tats Cru redo the mural creating a slightly different mural every year. The mural always features an image of Big Pun surrounded by symbols that reflect his life and career--sometimes symbols of the Bronx, thereby connecting him to this neighborhood; sometimes his name created out of platinum bars--signifying his importance as the first Puerto Rican MC to reach platinum record sales.