Run-DMC, one of hip-hop’s most influential acts, headlined the evening – Copyright AFP ANGELA WEISS
Thousands of people partied deep into the night Friday as part of an all-star Bronx bash celebrating 50 years of hip-hop, featuring trailblazers including Run-DMC, Nas, Lauryn Hill and Snoop Dogg.
The pops were on lock and the joy absolute at a packed Yankee Stadium, where New Yorkers and tourists alike commemorated five decades of the music whose vast influence irrevocably shook the culture.
“I didn’t know how monumental it was gonna be growing up,” said Kiesha Astwood, 50, who, like hip-hop, was born in 1973 and on Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx.
It was there that DJ Kool Herc’s younger sister Cindy threw a back-to-school party in the rec room of a high-rise apartment building, and the DJ spun the same record twice, into the first documented breakbeat.
“It’s very invigorating,” Astwood told AFP moments after Kool Herc received accolades for his role in birthing the genre. “Here we are 50 years later.”