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50 years of hip-hop: In their own words

50 years of hip-hop: In their own words

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In 50 years, hip-hop has transcended generations, defied norms and reshaped the cultural landscape. From addressing issues of racism, poverty and inequality to igniting dance floors with electrifying moves, hip-hop has continuously pushed boundaries and challenged the status quo.

From its beginnings at block parties and community gatherings in the Bronx, hip-hop quickly evolved into a powerful global force of expression for marginalized communities, reflecting their struggles, triumphs, and aspirations. Fifty years later, hip-hop remains America’s most popular genre.

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Darrell Allen

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Jonathan Landrum Jr.
Gary Gerard Hamilton
Leslie Ambriz
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John Carucci

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Gary Gerard Hamilton

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Carolyn Lessard


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