sports.yahoo.com – KRS-One is moving to the birthplace of hip-hop to celebrate the genre’s 50th anniversary this year.
According to a press release, the legendary hip-hop pioneer is launching Birthplaceofhiphop.nyc, a new initiative where the Boogie Down Productions member will lead a series of community-based programs where the genre was created at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in The Bronx, New York. This was the same building Kool Herc and his sister Cindy Campbell hosted the Back To School Jam on Aug. 11, 1973.
The programs include classes and pop-up exhibits celebrating hip-hop history and examining its current expressions. One of the classes will be a Masterclass in Hip-Hop.
On Tuesday (April 25), KRS-One will meet with community leaders, tenants, and the building’s owners to officially launch what is to come on hip-hop’s birthday on Aug. 11 and onward. “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,” KRS said in a statement. “We used our creativity when they tried to stifle us. 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.”