As you can see from the above mural (thereâ€™s a couple in the area but I think this is the one on Westchester and 163 by White Castle as indicated by the 2/5 train above), the South Bronx is still holding on to the legacy that was birthed from the uprising of Christopher â€œBig Punisherâ€ Rios. His rise to stardom not only highlighted the hip-hop roots of the BX borough, but reminded Latinos everywhere that they too played part in the jumpstart of hip-hopâ€™s existence.
The Original Terror Squad
Ahhh, the Bronxâ€¦ one of the two places I call home. Itâ€™s no secret that the Bronx started hip-hop, but if someone was to erase the passed few years out of the hip-hop history book, the Bronx would be nearly forgotten. In fact, to a blinded idiot, Brooklyn could do a damn good job of extorting the title. Why is it that the bestâ€"and most successfulâ€"rappers out of NYC are from BK?
Another thing is that up-and-comers like Saigon, Papoose, Red CafÃ© and Maino are only coming out of Brooklyn. Whereâ€™s The Bronx's underground buzz? I have a million and one mixtapes, and Cory Gunz seems to be the only one indicating the slightest sign of life left in the Boogie Down. No, I donâ€™t wanna hear â€œLean Back,â€ â€˜cause Terror Squad, Fat Joe, Remy Maâ€"whoeverâ€"arenâ€™t moving units, so they donâ€™t count.
Biggie and Jay-Z are Brooklyn legends. Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Memphis Bleek and Fabolous once held it down. Busta Rhymes is putting in work for this New New York movement. Even the most successful females in rap, such as Lilâ€™ Kim and Foxy Brown, come straight from BK; the BX has yet to give a female MC a platinum plaque.
The Mother and Father of hip-hop is still alive, yet itâ€™s failing to reproduce. Why arenâ€™t any new acts emerging from out of the Bronx? Why didnâ€™t Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz (â€œUptown Baby") continue the Bronx movement? Why did it have to stop with Big Pun?
Bronx, whereâ€™s the hip-hop?