Events

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.

Interview

Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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