(GEMS RADIO)—KRS-One is revisiting the birthplace of Hip Hop—the community center at 1520 Sedgwick Ave, where DJ Cool Herc held the back to school jam in August 1973.
KRS-One recently launched birthplaceofhiphop.nyc—a website and event series featuring several community-based programs, including a Hip Hop masterclass curated and hosted by the Bronx lyricist and historian, himself.
There will also be pop up exhibits and visuals to celebrate the 50 years of the genre’s success.
“The 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop is a global movement that speaks to the grit, voice, and power of how it came to be in the first place – we used our voices when they tried to silence us. We used our creativity when they tried to stifle us,” KRS-One said in a statement.
He added: “We created the culture because we wanted to stand out and stand up for our artistry. Hip Hop is the people’s movement. I am excited to showcase this to the world in the space where it all began at 1520 Sedgwick in the Community Center. It feels right to be here, where it all began.”