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Main Stage on Borough Hall Plaza

Columbus Park Brooklyn NY 11201 United States


A Half Century of Hip-Hop

This summer’s grand celebration of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary was beautiful and affirming for longtime fans and practitioners of this perennially maligned and underestimated genre/subculture. Now that the landmark events have passed, what do we make of not just the story of hip-hop but its evolving place in the public imagination? Jonathan Abrams (The Come Up: An Oral History of the Rise of Hip-Hop), Dan Charnas (Dilla Time: The Life and Afterlife of J Dilla, the Hip-Hop Producer Who Reinvented Rhythm), and Kevin Powell (The Kevin Powell Reader: Essential Writings and Conversations) discuss. Moderated by Drew Dixon, former A&R executive and record producer at Arista and Def Jam.

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