A street in New York’s Bronx is to be renamed Hip Hop Boulevard

The move honours one resident of the borough's influence on the genre

A street in the Bronx, New York, is to be renamed Hip Hop Boulevard.

A section of Sedgwick Avenue will be given the new name to commemorate what has been credited as one of hip-hop’s formative moments.

On August 11 1973, DJ Kool Herc held a house party at an apartment complex at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue. Herc was DJing and MCing at the party, where he showed off a new technique he had been perfecting that involved playing the “frantic grooves at the beginning or in the middle of a song”.

People who later claimed to have been in attendance at the party include Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, KRS-One and more.

NY1 reports that City Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson said the renaming is meant to honour both Herc and the contributions that the Bronx borough has made towards the development of the genre.

Last week (February 3), New York hip-hop veteran DJ Big Kap passed away after suffering a heart attack.

The DJ, real name Keith Carter, became synonymous with New York’s rap heyday, working extensively with Funkmaster Flex running parties at The Tunnel.

He was also affiliated with crew The Flip Squad with Flex, Mister Cee, Cipha Sounds, DJ Snuff and a rising Mark Ronson as members.