We’ve got something of a hip-hop holiday right around the corner. June 8th is Global Hip-Hop Day, and it’s the time to officially honor the impact and significance of our favorite music. There’s an official party and ceremony to kick things off.
It’s a brand-new ceremony, so there’s no telling how things will play out. Judging by the blueprint, though, it’ll be quite the event.
It’ll be thrown with the help of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, the office of The Bronx Borough President, and of course, New York’s world-famous hip-hop radio station, Hot 97.
If you’re a hip-hop fan, you’ll be happy to know the ceremonies are taking place in the Bronx, the widely-accepted birthplace of the genre.
The celebration is meant to call attention to hip-hop’s ability to unite people around the world, and its ability to bring happiness to so many.
Of all the planned events, there are some we’re really happy about. It’s not a name-only festival — it really has some tricks up its sleeve that are sure to please true fans.
For starters, there will be a public proclamation of Hip-Hop Boulevard at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue. That’s the birthplace of Kool Herc, who we’ve written about before. A true pioneer of the game gets some heartfelt recognition — dope.
A few other legends are also gaining their due recognition — Fat Joe, Slick Rick, and The Lox.
Hot 97’s SVP/Market Manager of Emmis New York, Charlie Morgan, spoke about the festival’s importance in an interview with Huffington Post.
“We want to both honor the origins of hip-hop music and the hip-hop culture as being born and bred in New York City, specifically the Bronx,” Morgan told them.
He continued, “At the same time, we want to celebrate the global reach and impact of this native New York art form. Hot 97 is proud of our heritage and role as the first hip-hop radio station, as well as the role we are playing in the global expansion of this music with the international expansion of Summer Jam and global distribution of Hot 97 online.”
Sounds great. What do you think about Global Hip-Hop Day, and the official ceremony? Let us know!