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DJ Kool Herc Announces Star-Studded Jamaica Celebration to Mark 50 Years of Hip-Hop

DJ Kool Herc and his sister, Cindy Campbell, promise an iconic hip-hop extravaganza in Jamaica set for December: "We're Inviting the Best."


Hip-Hop Legend DJ Kool Herc


Hip-hop legend DJ Kool Herc, is set to host a star-studded celebration in Jamaica in December 2023, commemorating the 50-year journey of hip-hop.


Kool Herc and Cindy Campbell, the visionary Jamaican sibling duo orchestrating this historic event, have extended invitations to some of the biggest names in the realms of hip-hop and reggae/dancehall. Their objective is not only to celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, a genre beloved worldwide, but also to pay homage to its Jamaican origins. "We are inviting the very best, both past and present, from the realms of hip hop and Jamaican music. We are immensely proud of our Jamaican heritage and want the world to share in our pride" Cindy Campbell proudly stated.


The event will also serve as a platform to celebrate the induction of Kool Herc and Missy Elliott into the 2023 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.



The origins of hip-hop can be traced back to a historic party hosted by Cindy in 1973 at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx, with her elder brother, Clive 'DJ Kool Herc' Campbell, at the turntables.


DJ Kool Herc, the pioneer of hip-hop, has been honored with the prestigious Order of Distinction Commander Class (CD) by the Government of Jamaica, recognizing his significant contributions.


Hip-hop has given rise to numerous iconic artists, with luminaries like Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, P. Diddy, and Dr. Dre achieving billionaire status.



Renowned rapper Busta Rhymes passionately emphasized the Jamaican roots of hip-hop, notably praising Kool Herc as "a true Jamaican" during the recent BET 50th Anniversary hip-hop tribute. It is crucial to acknowledge that the sound system techniques of hip-hop were heavily influenced by trailblazing figures in modern Jamaican music, including King Stitt, Count Machukie, U Roy, and Big Youth.


Hip-hop producer and personality Swizz Beatz has been a longstanding advocate for honoring DJ Kool Herc within the hip-hop community and among the genre's dedicated fans.


A series of events across the United States have marked the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, including a spectacular gathering at Yankee Stadium. Nas, one of the event's organizers, welcomed a constellation of hip-hop luminaries to the stage.

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