Kamala Harris says hip-hop is ‘the ultimate American art form’ as she hosts a 50th anniversary party

We’re continuing our coverage of the 50th anniversary of hip hop. And here in Brooklyn, as you can see *** very great turnout, local artists and elected officials while they teamed up to put together *** free hip hop concert to celebrate news to Lindsay Tanny brings us to the event so we can tune in on some of the fun 50 years of the all popular genre bringing Brooklynites together for *** free concert. Over 20 local hip hop artists took the stage to perform their favorites for the community. All thanks to assembly woman, Nicky Lucas and council member, elect Chris Banks. They teamed up with DJ Keith Watkins and friends to put on the events. It’s great energy, man. It’s *** blessing to bring unity to the community. This is my dream. Watkins has been performing since the very beginning in 1973. I asked what hip hop means to him. It’s love for one another. It’s poetry. It’s all kind of things when it comes to hip hop. It’s *** culture that just bring it brings people together and it’s *** rhythm to make dance move. You know, the founder of video Music Box Ralph mcdaniels hosted the event. He wants to remind people that hip hop means much more than music, this community right here, East New York and the surrounding areas is where *** lot of the break dances. The graffiti artists came from the culture in general, people talk about hip hop. Sometimes they just talk about the artist but the culture was alive and strong and it still is. That’s all we did. They told me to be able to. Now, if you miss this year’s event, don’t worry. Assembly Woman Lucas tells me they’re planning on making this an annual event with next year being even bigger and better. That’s all here in East New York, Lindsay Tanny.

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Kamala Harris says hip-hop is ‘the ultimate American art form’ as she hosts a 50th anniversary party

Vice President Kamala Harris on Saturday hosted a celebration of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary with appearances by some of the music genre’s pioneers and stars.Common, Jeezy, MC Lyte and Roxanne Shante were among the hip-hop artists invited to join Harris for the party at the vice presidential residence.Related video above — Hip-hop turns 50: More than 20 artists perform at Brooklyn concertHip-hop’s 50th birthday has inspired a host of anniversary events this year. Many trace the genre’s creation to an Aug. 11, 1973, back-to-school party where 18-year-old Clive Campbell, also known as DJ Kool Herc, deejayed at a Bronx apartment building in New York City.Harris said hip-hop is “the ultimate American art form” that “shapes every aspect of America’s popular culture.””Hip-hop culture is American culture,” she told the crowd.Hip-hop has grown into a global art form, becoming one of the world’s most influential cultural forces, an integral part of social and racial justice movements and a multibillion-dollar industry built on generations of rapping, emceeing, deejaying, breaking and graffiti.Harris noted that Public Enemy rapper Chuck D has described rap as “Black America’s CNN.””It has always channeled the voices of the people. It tells the stories that don’t make the news,” she said before joining her husband, Doug Emhoff, to watch musicians’ performances.Saturday’s celebration was a collaboration with Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective and Live Nation Urban.”This is a hip-hop household!” Emhoff said.

Vice President Kamala Harris on Saturday hosted a celebration of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary with appearances by some of the music genre’s pioneers and stars.

Common, Jeezy, MC Lyte and Roxanne Shante were among the hip-hop artists invited to join Harris for the party at the vice presidential residence.

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Related video above — Hip-hop turns 50: More than 20 artists perform at Brooklyn concert

Hip-hop’s 50th birthday has inspired a host of anniversary events this year. Many trace the genre’s creation to an Aug. 11, 1973, back-to-school party where 18-year-old Clive Campbell, also known as DJ Kool Herc, deejayed at a Bronx apartment building in New York City.

Harris said hip-hop is “the ultimate American art form” that “shapes every aspect of America’s popular culture.”

“Hip-hop culture is American culture,” she told the crowd.

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at a 50th anniversary celebration of hip-hop at the Vice President's residence, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Manuel Balce Ceneta

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at a 50th anniversary celebration of hip-hop at the Vice President’s residence, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo)

Hip-hop has grown into a global art form, becoming one of the world’s most influential cultural forces, an integral part of social and racial justice movements and a multibillion-dollar industry built on generations of rapping, emceeing, deejaying, breaking and graffiti.

Harris noted that Public Enemy rapper Chuck D has described rap as “Black America’s CNN.”

“It has always channeled the voices of the people. It tells the stories that don’t make the news,” she said before joining her husband, Doug Emhoff, to watch musicians’ performances.

Saturday’s celebration was a collaboration with Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective and Live Nation Urban.

“This is a hip-hop household!” Emhoff said.

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