50 Years of Hip Hop


Friday August 11th in Yankee Stadium, I was able to see some of the renowned Hip Hop artists. They we’re celebrating 50 years for Hip Hop that began right here in the Bronx on August 11th 1973. It was two people wanting kids to have nice clothes for the new school year so they started a genre a music just to fundraise. Specifically, these music innovators were DJ Kool Herc and Cindy Campbell. Since then this genre of music has become so mainstream that it is incorporated in most music. Old Town Road by Lil Nas X recently being the most famous. I wouldn’t be surprised if Bach was made into a beat for Hip Hop. I have never considered myself a Hip Hop die hard, I think Disney tunes and America’s top 40’s would have that claim, heck even at this concert I chimed in with a little Edelweiss from the Sound of Music came to mind. However, that doesn’t give justice to the influence and phenomenal talent of hip hop legends have garnered in the music industry. I was lucky to be there on this anniversary to fundraise that rightly needed and justified Hip Hop Museum, soon to be built in the Bronx where it all started. What was also noticeable was that Senator Chuck Schumer, Governor Kathy Hochul, and even local leaders ( man if I was a real reporter I would have took notes and written all their names) but here is an article by Billboard that is way more professional. With all that said, I want to thank all the performers and everyone who put this amazing event together, it was mentioned though that Nas was the real creator of this event. I should’ve have seen and gone to more of these concerts sooner then I would have actually known which artist went with what song. Seriously I have only admiration for these performers and their music. In addition, Questlove from the Roots started this dedication to Hip Hops history at the 2023 Grammy’s. History was not meant to be forgotten but remembered with heart. So I thank you Nas Ice Cube, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Run DMC, DJ Kool Herc and many more including Lauren Hill and Flavor Flav who made surprise appearances for every note, beat and sound produced that made me dance for over 8 hours. We will be listening!

Here are as many of the performances in order I was able to take pictures of that wonderful evening.

Senator Chuck Schumer, DJ Kool Herc and Cindy Campbell
Local Bronx celebrity and councilwoman
Kurtis Blow
Roxanne Shante
Grandmaster Cas
Grandmaster Melle Mel
Douge Fresh
Slick Rick
Coke La Rock
Dedication to DJ Kool Herc
DJ Drama
Lupe Fiasco
Remy Ma
Lola Brooke
Lil Kim
Lil’ Cease
King Combs
DJ AK Jive
Ghostface Killah
Kid Capri
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
Fat Joe
DJ Clark Kent
Lil Wayne
Ice Cube
Snoop Dogg
Nas and Kool G Rap
Ms. Lauren Hill

Please excuse the quality of photos I was too busy dancing to concentrate on photography and like I said before there are some artists I don’t remember or have pictures of and for that I give you my apologies.

Last but not least if you want to donate to the creation of the Hip Hop Museum you certainly may.

Thank you again!

-Jennie Nawrocki

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