50th Anniversary of Hip Hop

Celebrate With Us!

Celebrate With Us!

This year on August 11, 2023, the world will come together to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop music! This is when trailblazing DJ Kool Herc broke down barriers during his now legendary back-to-school party in The Bronx! To celebrate this important art form and milestone, the Library District will host free concerts, interactive learning programs for Kids, Teens, and Adults; screen important documentaries and hip hop cinema; share curated staff picks from our collection; plus so much more to help honor hip hop culture from around the world! And don't miss our fresh picks on hip hop culture from our vast collection, including music, movies, and books, all FREE with your library card! Don’t have your library card yet? It only takes a minute to sign up and enjoy all the amazing benefits.  

View all our upcoming 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop events & programs, as well as curated staff picks & online resources below.

This project was made possible in part by the
Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Hip Hop Events

Streaming 90s Hip Hop Anthems on Freegal

Celebrate 50 years of Hip Hop with this playlist of streaming and downloadable songs from your favorite 90s artists.

Beginner's Guide to Hip Hop Feminism

Enjoy these staff picks featuring books that discuss the importance of feminism within the culture of Hip Hop.

Remembering Hip Hop Greats We've Lost

Dive into the lives & art of hip hop icons with these heralded biographies that offer history, reflection, & insight.

The Culture Through Film

Check out how these films helped to spotlight hip hop culture while captivating audiences all over the world!

Heading Underground

Check out some of the most iconic artists in the underground Hip Hop scene.

Nas Is Like

Check out Mr. Billy's favorite Nas albums & movies that you can enjoy from our catalog!

Bon Rappetite: Hip Hop Cookbooks

Add some serious style to your weekly meals with these fresh cookbooks compiled by some of your favorite hip hop artists!
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