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Hip Hop Legacy Through Street Renaming and Cultural Advocacy

August 14, 2023 | By Kali Girl

LeRoy McCarthy, a Brooklyn-based cultural advocate, has emerged as a prominent chronicler of Hip Hop history, reports HipHopDX.

With his company HeteroDoxX Inc., McCarthy is on a mission to honor the icons of Hip Hop and preserve its global cultural impact. He has orchestrated street renaming initiatives that pay homage to influential figures like The Notorious B.I.G. in Brooklyn, 2Pac in Oakland, Wu-Tang Clan in Staten Island, Beastie Boys in Manhattan, and De La Soul in Long Island.

These endeavors have earned him acclaim, including acknowledgment from Congress through events like Hip Hop Celebration Day on August 11 and the designation of the entire month as “Hip-Hop Recognition Month.”

Captivated by Hip Hop from his earliest memories, McCarthy’s deep connection with the culture left an unforgettable mark on his heart and mind, fostering an enduring passion that has only grown stronger over time.

“I’m 55, so [I] pretty much grew up Hip Hop…it was already forming as I was growing up. I came up at a time during the late 70s and early 80s when it was still burgeoning,” McCarthy told HipHopDX.

“Where I went to school in Brooklyn, in the playgrounds or the school cafeteria, you could hear rappers Spoonie Gee on tapes, the block parties, and at the different functions. Hearing and seeing Hip Hop develop as I was growing up was just a normal thing so my first memories of Hip Hop were the parties in Brooklyn.”

McCarthy added, “Getting streets named after Hip Hop icons empowers the communities where Hip Hop comes from although these communities change over time. That’s why it is very significant to have a street name for Biggie Smalls in Brooklyn today.”

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