Fat Joe's impact on his native Bronx community will soon be immortalized in stone. The BX rapper has been named an official 2012 inductee to the Bronx Walk of Fame.
Joey Crack will be honored for his years of positive work as a cultural ambassador for the NYC borough. In a statement, Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. praised Joe as a model citizen.
“He has been an outstanding citizen and a role model to countless Bronxites,” Diaz said. "He has positively represented the Bronx and throughout his music career has helped keep the Bronx on the ‘musical map,’ becoming one of our very own homegrown success stories.”
Responding to the honor, Fat Joe, who's had a string of hip hop hits over a nearly 20-year career, including "Lean Back" and "Make It Rain," said he was humbled by the recognition.
“I am extremely thrilled and grateful to be inducted in this year’s Bronx Walk of Fame,” he told AllHipHop.com in a statement. “The Bronx is vibrant, colorful and filled with rich history and through the years it has been the inspiration that has helped me grow as an artist. Thank you to Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. for allowing me to be among such an illustrious group of fellow Bronxites that are being honored.”
The 2012 Bronx Walk of Fame will be inaugurated at the Bronx Ball on May 19 at Orchard Beach.
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