The legendary rappers reflected on the current state of hip-hop while celebrating 50 years of the trailblazing genre during Essence Fest in New Orleans
Hip-hop is turning 50 years old this year, and perhaps no one is more astonished at its staying power than the artists who pioneered the genre.
During the Essence Festival of Culture, taking place in New Orleans through July 3, legendary rappers KRS-One and Ice-T spoke to reporters about the trailblazing genre and how it’s transcended to become, arguably, the most influential genre of music.
“Fifty years ago, some of us knew this was going to happen, most of us did not know to the magnitude it would happen,” admitted KRS-One. “But 50 years later proves that first of all, you can do anything with your mind and secondly, culture is probably the most magnificent strategy for human development known on the planet.”