Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Returns With Roxanne Shante
With over 30 years in the making, hip-hop has dominated pop culture in the U.S. and abroad, claiming the top spots on the charts and watching rappers run for president. So it's only right that the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards, which celebrates the originators of the genre, makes its return.
The awards show, which originally debuted in 1990 on BET, will have legendary MC Roxanne Shante serve as its host in November -- a date hasn't been revealed. The program will be filmed in New York and the new inductees are more than deserving. Afrika Bambaataa is set to receive the Lifetime Achievement award, while the classic hip-hop film, Beat Street, will celebrate its 30-year anniversary, according to Ebony.
Historic hip-hop locations will also get some shine like Sal Abbatiello's Disco Fever club in the Bronx, where many hip-hop legends like DJ Sweet G got their start. And of course, the record labels from the humble beginnings will also be honored including Harlem's Mike & Dake Records and Promotions, Sugar Hill Records and Bobby Robinson and Enjoy Records.
"We are very excited about this 2015 Inductee Class as it continues to fulfill our commitment to tell the whole story of Hip Hop Music & Culture from its inception, to its early stages, and transformation to Records, Radio, Fashion, Films, and Entrepreneurship that has become a Global business and socio-economic phenomenon," said Chairman JT Thompson, the Creator and Executive Producer of the HHHOF Awards Show.
The Hip Hop Hall of Fame won't stop there though. There are also plans to open a museum in Harlem, N.Y. to honor the culture in 2016. The museum will feature restaurants, a concert lounge, a gift shop, TV studios and classes for the youth, according to IndieWire.
Details are still forthcoming, but those interested can visit hiphophof.tv for more information.
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