Two titans in women’s rap will headline the 2023 Essence Fest for the 50th anniversary of Hip-Hop. Billboard notes Ms. Lauryn Hill and Megan Thee Stallion will headline this year’s festival in New Orleans.

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Essence Fest 2023 is set for June 29 – July 3, bringing Hill to the stage to perform her classic album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Thee Stallion will headline following March Madness Music Festival, her 2023 stage debut.

Additional acts for the 2023 Essence Fest include Wizkid, Monica, Coco Jones, Kizz Daniel, Doug E. Fresh, DJ Spinderella, DJ Kid Capri, DJ Clark Kent and more. The 30th anniversary of So So Def will also go down, bringing Jermaine Dupri and friends to the stage.


“For nearly three decades, the ESSENCE Festival of Culture has been an international and joyful gathering that empowers community throughout the global Black diaspora,” said Vice President of ESSENCE Festival of Culture, Hakeem Holmes.

Holmes added, “As we gear up to celebrate the ’50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop’, we couldn’t think of a better way to honor the contributions that genre has made on global culture and the impressions that these artists and their deep musical catalogs, which we all know so well, have been ingrained into the fibers of our day to day lives.”

Additional acts will be soon named. You can read the full statement and more details here.

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