In August, a star-studded concert celebrating hip-hop’s 50th anniversary will be held at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, the birthplace of hip-hop. according to Live Nation. Run-DMC will be headlining the event, which is expected to be the group’s final show.
“Hip-Hop 50 Live” is scheduled for August 11 to commemorate “the day it began” when DJ Kool Herc threw a party in the Bronx known as the beginning of hip-hop culture is. Run-DMC’s set is listed as “Bottom of the 9th… The Walk Off,” implying that this could be the Legends’ final show.
Herc and his sister Cindy Campbell, who organized the original party back in 1973, will be part of the show’s “Pillars of Hip-Hop” set. Other hip-hop pioneers such as Grandmaster Caz, Kurtis Blow, Melle Mel, Roxanne Shante, Scorpio and The Sugarhill Gang are also scheduled to take part in the special segment.
Alongside Run-DMC, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne and Ice Cube have also been announced as co-headliners. The announcement said surprise guests were expected to join the rappers at their performances. TI, Fat Joe, Common, EPMD, Slick Rick, Ghostface Killah and Lupe Fiasco A$AP Ferg are also on the program.
The concert will also include a “Queens of Hip-Hop” set featuring performances by Eve, Lil Kim, Remy Ma and Trina, with more guests likely to join. Battlecat, Clark Kent, Mannie Fresh and Marley Marl will be DJ sets throughout the event.
Run-DMC co-founder Darryl “DMC” McDaniels dropped hints in January that he and Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons would finally put the group to bed with one last concert that year. McDaniels told Rock The Bells that he and Simmons could not continue without DJ Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell, who was killed on October 30, 2002.
“There’s enough life left for both of us,” McDaniels said. “We can’t be Run-DMC without Jay.”
Advance tickets to Hip Hop 50 Live will be available through Ticketmaster Thursday at 10 a.m. ET. General ticket sales begin Friday at 10 a.m. ET.
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