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The First Ever Global Hip Hop Day Takes Place This Week In The Bronx

Global Hip Hop Day will be taking place on June 8 as a joint effort from the City of NY, the office of The Bronx Borough President and HOT 97.

NEW YORK CITY—Global Hip Hop Day will be taking place on June 8 as a joint effort from the City of New York, the office of The Bronx Borough President and HOT 97.


The event will kick off with an official proclamation ceremony and the unveiling of Hip Hop Blvd (at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue) in The Bronx–the birthplace of hip-hop and home of the legend, Kool Herc, the man credited for originating hip-hop music.

The proclamation ceremony and unveiling of Hip Hop Blvd will be followed by a block party in Cedar Park, all of which are free and open to the public.

Along with Kool Herc, a long list of hip-hop's pioneers, veterans and new stars are expected to be in attendance—from DJ Scratch, to DJ Chuck Chillout, DJ Red Alert, Grandmaster Caz, Funk Flex, DJ Kast One, DJ Enuff, DJ Camilo, D-Nice, Kid Capri, Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, The Lox, Cardi B, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, French Montana and more.

Global Hip Hop day will also be hosting an invite-only industry conversation which will feature a keynote speech by industry veteran Kevin Liles.

The Industry Conversation will bring together some of "hip hop’s biggest deal makers to discuss the convergence of hip hop and commerce," GHHD writes.

It will feature a panel discussion, moderated by Hot 97's Ebro, between the likes of Raquel Delgado, Rob Stone, Joey Bada$$, and OkayAfrica's own Abiola Oke.

Stream our Global Hip Hop playlist, in celebration of the day, below.

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Jojo is now sharing her latest music video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," a song featured on her iPhone-only production project, Diary Of A Traveler.

"Nye Veve Sese is an invitation to let go of the burden of pain and suffering that keeps us from becoming our best and greatest selves," a statement from Jojo's team reads. "Asking the question of why pain is pleasurable to both the one in pain and the source of the pain. Often time the two being one and the same."

Watch her new "meditative piece," which was shot in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, below.

Jojo Abot will be playing her final US show of the year in New York City alongside Oshun on October 26 at Nublu 151. Grab your tickets here.

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