Global Hip Hop Day to Launch in the Bronx
Hip-hop is getting an official day to be recognized around the world. Global Hip Hop Day is set to launch in the Bronx on June 8. The event will see The New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, the Office of the Bronx Borough President and Hot 97 teaming up to host the event. The genre's founding father, DJ Kool Herc, will be on hand at the official proclamation ceremony, which will take place at 1520 Sedgwick Ave. in the Bronx, the birthplace of hip-hop back in 1973.
There will also be a street renaming ceremony at a community block party at Cedar Playground on the avenue block, which will be titled Hip Hop Boulevard. Along with Herc, there will be a ton of pioneers, veterans and big names in hip-hop at the ceremony, including DJ Scratch, DJ Chuck Chillout, DJ Red Alert, Grandmaster Caz, Funk Flex, DJ Kast One, DJ Enuff, DJ Camilo, D-Nice, Kid Capri, Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, The Lox, Cardi B, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, French Montana and many more.
"We are thrilled to unveil Hip Hop Boulevard at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in The Bronx, the birthplace of hip hop. The Bronx is an iconic, internationally renowned hip hop destination, the home of a once rebellious art form that has, over generations, become a global powerhouse. To designate this area as a landmark and celebrate this occasion with the pioneers who started it all—many of whom still hold close ties to this community—is a remarkable and historic moment for our borough," said Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr .
Along with the ceremony, there will also be a slew of other events for attendees such as an invite-only industry conversation that includes a keynote address by Kevin Liles.
We're sure there are some other surprises in store, but this will definitely be a must-attend event for hip-hop heads and fans.
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