Kamala Harris recently marked the 50th anniversary of hip-hop with a high-profile celebration. The event, coordinated by the Recording Academy's Black Music Collective and Live Nation Urban, was designed to recognize the genre's profound impact on American culture. Nonetheless, some fans have expressed skepticism, perceiving the Vice President's involvement as an attempt to pander to the hip-hop community.
VP Kamala Harris Celebrates Hip-Hop’s 50th
On Saturday, September 9, from her backyard, Vice President Kamala Harris hosted a celebration in Washington, D.C. to honor the 50th anniversary of hip-hop. The event brought together musicians, artists, influencers, and policymakers to reflect on the genre’s contributions to American culture.
The event highlighted the significance of hip-hop throughout history. The celebration also had key performances from some of hip hop’s trailblazers. Notable artists like Common, Jeezy, MC Lyte, Lil Wayne, and Roxanne Shante were in attendance, showcasing the greatness of the genre.
Harris’s celebration of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary highlights hip-hop’s power to amplify voices that go unheard. As the vice president continues to recognize the impact of music on American culture, the legacy of hip-hop remains firmly established. She stated:
“Hip-hop culture is American culture. It has always told the stories that don’t make the news.”
Fans Not Feeling It
Social media has been ablaze since the event, as numerous individuals speculate that Vice President Kamala Harris’s intentions were aimed at appealing to the hip-hop community.
One user on Twitter commented, “Oh, the woman who locked up thousands of black people for smoking weed? It’s called pandering and I guess it’s working on some people.” Another chimed in, stating, “Democrats never fail in abusing black people, do they? Kamala Harris hosts Hip Hop party at her house. “Welcome to the first ever hip hop house party at the home of the vice president of the United States.”
Lil Wayne and Others Honored
In addition to his performance in the Vice President’s vicinity, Lil Wayne has been receiving well-deserved recognition.
Recently, the Louisiana native was honored alongside Dr. Dre and Missy Elliott at the Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective during Grammy season. The event featured special performances dedicated to these icons.
Hip Hop Forever Concert
Another celebration of Hip Hop’s 50th anniversary took place at Madison Square Garden. Hot97 and WLBS-FM hosted the event, with DJ Funk Flex curating the lineup. Artists like Mary J. Blige, Wu-Tang Clan, Diddy, and EPMD delivered electrifying performances, making it an unforgettable night.