Grandmaster Flash & Tierra Whack To Co-Headline Hip Hop 50 Concert In Conjunction With Keith Haring Exhibit + J. Dilla Tribute

Grandmaster Flash by Grandmaster Flash

Grandmaster Flash and Tierra Whack will co-headline a Hip Hop 50 concert presented by The Broad this Saturday (Aug.26th). The concert is happening in conjunction with the exhibition Keith Haring: Art Is for Everybody and a tribute to J.Dilla by DJs Monalisa and Wyldeflower with an appearance by IIIa J.  The concert is the last event of the summer celebrating hip-hop at The Broad that featured monthly screenings of the PBS series “Fight The Power: How Hip hop Changed the World” and a conversation between Chuck D of Public Enemy, Lisane Basquiat, sister of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Gil Vazquez, Director of The Haring Foundation, and Lorrie Boule, writer and producer of Fight The Power: How Hip-Hop Changed the World about Hip-Hop and visual art.

The Keith Haring exhibit shows how hip-hop influenced the late artist with visuals of boomboxes, DJs and breakdancing figures. Grandmaster Flash’s foundational contribution to hip-hop on classics like “The Message” and “White Lines” changed the course of hip-hop. Tierra Whack, who can be currently seen in Netflix’s Ladies First, is a Grammy-nominated rapper known for her slick wordplay. She will perform music from her critically acclaimed Whack World, Whack History Month series and her Rap? EP as well as new material. 

DJs Monalisa and Wyldeflower will play a set dedicated to late hip-hop production genius J.Dilla with an appearance from his brother IIIa J. 

More Information about the event can be found at www.thebroad.org


Tierra Whack by Flo Ngala
Tierra Whack by Flo Ngala

The Grammys Celebrate 50 Years Of Hip-Hop

Sunday night The Grammys celebrated 50 years of hip-hop with a lineup of some of the most prominent rappers of the genre. Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, Run DMC, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa, Rakim, Mr. Scarface, Busta Rhymes, Too Short, Ice-T, Method Man, Lil Baby, GloRilla, LL Cool J and Public Enemy performed the compact tribute on the stage outfitted like 1520 Sedgwick Ave in the Bronx where DJ Kool Herc hosted the earliest hip-hop parties. Black Thought narrated the segment while The Roots provided the music. Questlove curated the evening and he, unfortunately, had to remove many artists because of time constraints. 

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