The Living Legends Foundation Awards Celebrates Hip-Hop’s 50th Anniversary


The Living Legends Foundation announces its 2023 Annual Awards Gala and dinner. This year’s event celebrates 50 years of hip-hop and will be held on Friday, October 6th at Taglyn Cultural Complex in Hollywood, California. The honorees this year include Walt “Baby” Love, syndicated air personality, Gospel Traxx, who will be presented with the Ray Harris Lifetime Achievement Award; Ed Lover, syndicated air personality of The Ed Lover Show with Monie Love, who will receive the Jerry Boulding Radio Award; Lionel Ridenour, founder and CEO of Anchor Promotions, will be presented with the Music Executive Award; Tracey Jordan, partner of Lazin/Jordan Productions, will receive the Mike Bernardo Female Executive Award; Rocky Bucano, executive director of the Universal Hip Hop Museum, will be presented with the Hip Hop Visionary Award; Nelson George, author and filmmaker, will receive the Media Icon Award; Vernon Brown, Esq., founder of V. Brown & Company, will be presented with the Entertainment Advocate Award; and Shanti Das, former music executive and founder of Silence The Shame, will receive the A.D. Washington Chairman’s Award.

David C. Linton, chairman of the Living Legends Foundation made a statement about the acknowledgment of hip-hop’s 50 years. 

“This year is particularly special because, in addition to our annual awards ceremony, we are also celebrating 50 years of hip-hop. We are the first generation of music executives to help break and recognize hip-hop as a global music art form. Most of our board and advisory members were responsible for signing many of today’s hip-hop legends and icons to recording contracts and record label imprint deals, ultimately creating the phenomenon known to the world as ‘hip-hop culture.’ Additionally, for the past three to four decades, many of our board members have guided the careers of these legends and icons via management, marketing, radio promotions, publicity, sales, and A&R.”  

Lady B, an on-air personality for  Classix 107.9 in Philadelphia had this to say: 

“I am honored to be a Dinner Chairperson for the Living Legends Foundation’s 2023 Awards Gala. As an original hip-hop pioneer with the distinction of having the first rap record recorded by a female, I appreciate that the foundation pays tribute to the people behind the scenes who worked tirelessly in all genres of Black music. I’m thrilled that we will be able to celebrate the career achievements of all of the honorees.”

The dinner and gala will be a time to honor hip-hop and the award recipients and also to raise money for the foundation. For more information about The Living Legends Foundation check out