To celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama, some of the top hip hop artists will perform at the Hip Hop Inaugural Ball. The host of the event will be Russell Simmons. You can see photos of the perfomers, watch a fun video and read more about it all below.
Hip Hop is a movement that began on the tough streets of the South Bronx in the 1970’s. And if you have ever listened to it for any length of time, you’ll know it has a political and socially conscious edge to it. The lasting impact of The One’s immaculate inauguration on this genre is still to be determined however, it’s about to experience it’s first presidential inaugural ball.
The hosts of Barack Obama’s Hip Hop Inaugural Ball will be hip hop guru Russell Simmons with Young Jeezy, LL Cool J and T.I. It will be held tonite at the Harman Center for the Arts in D.C.
Russell Simmons is co-founder of Def Jam Recordings, the label that brought hip-hop crashing into the music world with Run-D.M.C., LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys. He, of course, endorsed Barack Obama during the primary season.
Simmons says that the group’s efforts in getting young people registered, educated and to the polls was significant in the outcome of the election, and that its members deserve to celebrate.
“Lots of people who come from struggle, when given the opportunity, they give back so much, and that’s what hip-hop is,” Simmons says. “It’s about people getting the opportunity, through their poetry and art. They become voices for people who otherwise would be voiceless.”
Though he says he’s pleased with the outcome of the election, Simmons insists his work is not yet over and that there’s a lot the hip-hop world can do to see that Obama delivers on his promise of change. That, of course, is the real issue Russell. We are all waiting for the miracles to begin!
Some of the performers for the Hip Hop Inaugural Ball include LL Cool J, Akon, Mos Def, Young Jeezy and T.I. and funds raised will go to the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, an organization that says it uses ‘the cultural relevance of hip-hop and its celebrities as a catalyst for social change’.
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