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Star-Studded Celebration Marks Hip Hop’s 50th Anniversary with VP Kamala Harris in Washington D.C.

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In an unforgettable event, artists like Lil Wayne, Common, and a stellar lineup of talent gathered alongside Vice President Kamala Harris for an extraordinary concert in Washington, D.C., as part of the ongoing Hip Hop 50th anniversary celebrations.

On Saturday, September 9, a remarkable assembly of artists, including Weezy, Common, Too Short, Jeezy, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, MC Lyte, Wale, and more, took the stage on the front lawn of Vice President Kamala Harris’s residence. This extraordinary event, organized in collaboration with the Recording Academy’s Black Music Coalition and Live Nation Urban, paid tribute to Hip Hop’s profound impact over the past half-century, encompassing music, fashion, film, and more.

Addressing the enthusiastic crowd of artists, politicians, and journalists, Vice President Kamala Harris, a proud daughter of Oakland, California, shared her personal connection to Hip Hop, highlighting its enduring presence in her life since its inception.

Common, who fully immersed himself in the Hip Hop celebration, captured the spirit of the day with an Instagram video compilation of his time in the vibrant Chocolate City.

“What a glorious day in DC! I celebrated Hip Hop all day long. Early in the day I celebrated with Vpotus @kamalaharris, and later on in the day, we celebrated with my brother @robertglasper #GoodTimes,” he captioned the video.

The performances were nothing short of memorable, with Lil Wayne igniting the crowd with “6 Foot 7 Foot,” prompting Vice President Harris and her VIP section to groove to the beat.

This spectacular event follows last month’s star-studded concert in Hip Hop’s birthplace, Yankee Stadium in The Bronx. The previous celebration featured a lineup of luminaries such as Lil Kim, Remy Ma, Trina, Fat Joe, T.I., Slick Rick, Lupe Fiasco, Ghostface Killah, EPMD, A$AP Ferg, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Ice Cube, and Run-DMC, who graced the stage for what they announced as their final performance.

Run-DMC expressed his honor in taking the stage in the Bronx, where Hip Hop was born, to celebrate his heroes. Darryl “DMC” McDaniels also added his heartfelt gratitude to the culture that allowed him to grow from a shy kid from Queens into the Mighty King of Rock.

The August 11 event marked the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop, and the celebration resonated deeply within the genre’s historic roots.

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Dana Sterling-Editor

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