DJ Holiday’s “50 Years Of Hip Hop” Celebration: A Night to Remember

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Hip hop is more than just music. It’s a culture, a movement, a way of life. And on September 28, 2023, Atlanta’s The Bank Event Center hosted a night to celebrate it all: DJ Holiday’s “50 Years of Hip Hop” Celebration at Hollipalooza ATL 2023.

The event was a star-studded affair, with music executives, industry pioneers, and rising stars all coming together to pay homage to the genre that has shaped our world. And leading the charge was none other than DJ Holiday, one of the most respected and influential DJs in the game.


The evening began with “The Culture Conversation,” a panel discussion moderated by Ferrari Simmons of Warner Records. For those yearning to enter the entertainment and music industry, this was a golden opportunity. The panelists, which included Dallas Austin, Ray Daniels, Shawn Barron, Ron Stew, Brian Richardson, Cory Sparks, Mr Collipark, Robert “Kaspa” Smith, Drumma Boy, DJ Infamous, and Swamp Izzo, shared their insights on the music industry and offered advice to aspiring artists.

After the panel discussion, the crowd was transformed into a Hip Hop time machine, immersing us in the sounds of the ’90s and then a musical journey through the decades. Pastor Troy kicked things off with a performance of his classic track “We Ready.” Lil Scrappy and OJ Da Juiceman followed with their signature crunk anthems. Fabo of D4L energized the crowd with his hit “Laffy Taffy.” While Shawty Lo Jr. honored his late father, Atlanta legend Shawty Lo, with a performance of “I’m Da Man,” and was honored alongside Lo’s mom by DJ Holiday as they accepted an award for his contribution to Hip Hop. The energy in the room remained electric as Dae Dae performed hits from the 2010s.

In addition to the iconic Honors set, DJ Holiday also showcased some of the hottest up-and-comers in the game. Acts like 300 Entertainment’s Hunxho and the viral sensation “G Way” by Famous Sally & YB, T RELL, Lil Darius, 4Fargo, Sticky Lo, Domani, and King Harris showed us that the future of Hip Hop is in good hands.

It was refreshing to see Domani and King Harris on stage together. They are the sons of two of the biggest names in Hip Hop, and they are carrying on their legacy with pride. 

The event was a celebration of Hip Hop culture for both established and emerging artists. From the old school classics to the new wave hits, there was something for everyone to enjoy. And the opportunity to network with some of the biggest names in the industry was priceless.

DJ Holiday and his team have created something special with Hollipalooza. If you were at DJ Holiday’s “50 Years of Hip Hop” Celebration, you know it was a night to remember. If you missed out, don’t worry – he’s already planning the next one for Austin festival week in 2024. So get ready, because the culture is about to be lit again.

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