Hip Hop 50 Live at Yankee Stadium was a MOMENT. Tons of Hip-Hop legends poured into the Bronx to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hip-Hop, including Fat Joe, who called the event “unreal.”
Speaking with Chuck Creekmur at AllHipHop, Joe said, “It’s like heaven. You died and woke up in heaven. What was best about [the event] was young boys with they own speakers outside it. [They were outside] Yankee Stadium rapping, freestyling. Then you had bands out there playing … We in the middle of the street having fun.”
You can tap into Fat Joe’s full interview here.
Yankee Stadium was full of rhymes, beats, and pure Hip Hop energy as legendary artists and rising stars converged for a monumental celebration – Hip Hop 50 Live. A star-studded concert extravaganza honoring the 50th birthday of the iconic music genre took center stage in a historic event co-produced by Mass Appeal, Live Nation, and the New York Yankees.
The lineup read like a who’s who of hip-hop history, with the likes of Run DMC, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, and Ice Cube igniting the stage. A cascade of performances kept the crowd grooving, from A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s modern flair to the timeless presence of Kid Capri and the lyrical prowess of Lil Kim and Remy Ma. The legacy continued with appearances by pioneers such as Grandmaster Caz, Kurtis Blow, and Roxanne Shante, creating an unforgettable fusion of past and present.
But the surprises didn’t end there. Special guests, including Senator Chuck Schumer, Governor Kathy Hochul, and baseball icon Derek Jeter added a touch of prestige to the jubilant affair. Hip Hop luminaries like Lauryn Hill, Wu-Tang, Method Man, and Wiz Khalifa ensured that the celebration resonated with true aficionados.
Hip Hop 50 wasn’t just a concert; it was Mass Appeal’s heartfelt tribute to the very essence of hip-hop. The event encapsulated the company’s deep commitment to honoring the culture through dynamic storytelling, original music, and immersive experiences. The Hip Hop 50 Universe encompassed a charitable mission intertwined with the Universal Hip Hop Museum, exemplifying the power of music to make a positive impact.
As the beats echoed through the iconic stadium, the hip-hop community came together to mark a milestone – 50 years of rhythm, rhyme, and cultural revolution. The legacy of this event will reverberate far beyond the stage, leaving an indelible mark on the history of music and the hearts of fans everywhere.
You can see images from the monumental night below and rewatch the evening above.