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Yankee Stadium is set to host a monumental event in the world of hip-hop as legendary rap group RUN DMC takes the stage as the headliner for the highly anticipated “Hip Hop 50” concert.

Scheduled for August 11, this momentous occasion will also feature electrifying performances by a star-studded lineup including Lil Wayne, Ice Cube, Lil Kim, Common, Ghostface Killah, and many more.

Having emerged in the early 1980s, RUN DMC is revered as trailblazers and pioneers in the rap and hip-hop industry. Renowned for their innovative style, characterized by the iconic chains and tracksuits, they played a pivotal role in propelling rap music into the mainstream.

RUN DMC was the first-ever rap group to receive a Grammy Award nomination.

The “Hip Hop 50” concert on August 11 holds a special significance as it commemorates the 50th anniversary of the birth of hip-hop.

Tracing its origins back to August 11, 1973, when DJ Kool Herc revolutionized music by using two turntables to create a mesmerizing “break beat” at a dance party, hip-hop has since evolved and transcended numerous genres and styles.

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From its early roots influenced by disco and funk in the 1980s to the rise of gangsta rap in the early 1990s and the subsequent southern rap takeover in the late 1990s, hip-hop has continuously transformed itself over the years. Today, it encompasses a diverse range of musical elements, blending various genres to create a dynamic and ever-evolving art form.

The “Hip Hop 50” concert promises to be an extraordinary experience, taking concertgoers on a nostalgic journey from start to finish.

For those who grew up listening to the iconic artists mentioned earlier, the event is bound to be an unforgettable trip down memory lane. However, even for those who didn’t experience the eras firsthand, the timeless essence of hip-hop ensures a captivating and enjoyable experience for all attendees.

This birthday celebration for hip-hop aims to unite the genre’s rich history spanning five decades.

Artists representing each era will come together to honor the enduring legacy of hip-hop, showcasing the profound impact it has had on music and culture. The “Hip Hop 50” concert is not only a moment of reflection but also a vibrant testament to the genre’s lasting influence and its ability to transcend generations.

The convergence of legendary artists, coupled with the everlasting appeal of hip-hop, guarantees a truly remarkable celebration of a genre that has captured hearts and minds across the globe.

As the countdown to August 11 begins, anticipation mounts for what promises to be an exhilarating event at Yankee Stadium.

Tanner Frank is a 2023 summer intern for The Black Wall Street Times and a Tulsa, Oklahoma, native and a graduate of Booker T. Washington High Schoo. Tanner will be attending the University of Arkansas...