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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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People Aren't Happy About Kanye West Visiting Uganda, Comparing Himself to Fela

The rapper is being called out for visiting President Museveni after his treatment of Bobi Wine. Seun Kuti also reacted saying, "the spirit of Fela Kuti isn't anywhere near Kanye West."

By now you've heard that Kanye West delayed the release of his new album, Yandhi, to finish recording in "what is known as Africa."

"He wants to draw inspiration from the earth there," TMZ quoted Kanye as saying two weeks ago. "I felt this energy when I was in Chicago," Kanye mentioned then, "I felt the roots. But we have to go to what is known as Africa. I just need to go, to find out what it's really called, and just grab the soil."

Well Kanye has now made it over to Africa, more specifically, Uganda. His trip follows a now infamous White House meeting in which he hugged Donald Trump saying "I love this guy right here."

Kanye was first shown in a live video from Uganda dancing to Mystro and Wizkid's "Immediately." The clip was shot and posted by Bankulli, who used to work with D'banj when he was signed to GOOD Music and now works with Mystro.

Kanye and his wife Kim Kardashian also met with Ugandan President Museveni. The President said he and the rapper held "fruitful discussions" about promoting tourism and arts.

Kanye gifted President Museveni—a man who is accused internationally of overseeing the torture and unjust imprisonment of musician and opposition politician Bobi Wine—a pair of white sneakers.

Museveni has called the reports of torture against Bobi Wine "fake news."

Apart from that, Kanye has been posting several periscopes of his rants. Many of them are titled "Mind Control" and the longest of them has him declaring himself to be the "the best living recording artist."

In that same video, Kanye says he has the spirits of Fela Kuti, Bob Marley and Tupac Shakur "flowing through him." Billboard has the full transcript if you really feel like your mind needs that.

Naturally, given his current embracement of Donald Trump and, in association, far right politics, many people aren't happy with Kanye visiting Uganda (or anywhere on the African continent) and meeting with Museveni.

Seun Kuti replied on Instagram writing, "Erm erm on behalf of the Kuti family , I want to state that the spirit of Olufela Anikulapo Kuti isn't anywhere near Kanye West. Ziggy Marley over to you. 🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂 Ebro come get ur boi before I #getthesax"

See some reactions below.





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