Kamala Harris, Vice President, Affirms Hip-Hop as ‘The Supreme Art Form’ during 50th Anniversary Celebration

Kamala Harris 50 Years of Hip-Hop

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris talks on phase throughout the 50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop Celebration Presented by the Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective and also Live Nation Urban at Harris’ house on Sept. 9, 2023 in Washington, DC.

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Vice President Kamala Harris on Saturday (Sept. 9) organized a celebration of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary with looks by a few of the songs category’s leaders and also celebrities.

Common, Jeezy, MC Lyte and also Roxanne Shante were amongst the hip-hop musicians welcomed to sign up with Harris for the event at the vice governmental house.

Hip-jump’s 50th birthday celebration has actually motivated a host of wedding anniversary occasions this year. Many map the genre’s creation to an Aug. 11, 1973, back-to-school event where 18-year-old Clive Campbell, likewise called DJ Kool Herc, deejayed at a Bronx apartment in New York City.

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

“Hip-hop culture is American culture,” she informed the group.

Hip-jump has actually become a worldwide artform, turning into one of the globe’s most prominent social pressures, an essential component of social and also racial justice activities, and also a multibillion-dollar market improved generations of rapping, emceeing, deejaying, damaging and also graffiti.

Harris kept in mind that Public Enemy rap artist Chuck D has actually defined rap as “Black America’s CNN.”

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“It has always channeled the voices of the people. It tells the stories that don’t make the news,” she claimed prior to joining her spouse, Doug Emhoff, to view artists’ efficiencies.

Saturday’s event was a partnership with the Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective and also Live Nation Urban.

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



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