As hip-hop turns 48 years old, the genre has more than a few calendar dates for fans to keep their eyes and ears on. After the Senate recently passed S.Res.331 (A resolution designating August 11, 2021, as ‘’Hip Hop Celebration Day’', designating August 2021 as ‘’Hip Hop Recognition Month’', and designating November 2021 as ‘’Hip Hop History Month’'), fans are left wondering what the difference between all 4 related events are, and when to celebrate them. Let us break it down for you!
1) Hip Hop’s Birthday // A Celebration Of Hip Hop History
Hip Hop’s Birthday celebrates the day that most Hip-Hop historians believe to be Hip-Hop’s birthday. The Bill reads, “Whereas, on Aug. 11, 1973, at a Back To School Jam organized by his sister Cindy Campbell and held at the recreation room of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx, New York, Clive DJ Kool Herc Campbell introduced his innovative style of disk jockeying and, together with the master of ceremonies engaging the crowd with rap on the microphone while partygoers known as B-boys and B-girls danced, introduced a new style. Later known as Hip Hop, which combined the elements of a disk jockey (commonly known as a DJ), a master of ceremonies (commonly known as an MC), music, art, fashion, and dance.” The focus on the history of this one particular day is the point of the ‘Birthday’ aspect of the event.
2) Hip Hop Celebration Day // A Celebration Of The Genre’s Impact On Society
The hip-hop holiday represent another milestone for hip-hop as its stature and prominence as a literary art and musical form continue to grow.
3) Hip Hop Recognition Month // The Month Of August
This is the first official Hip Hop recognizance from the U.S. Senate of its kind. On the other hand, local governments have recognized rappers with their own days on occasion. The month includes the two prior holidays on August 11th.
4) Hip Hop History Month // The Month Of November
A month of celebration of the history (that is, the entire history including the original day) of hip hop. and all it means to us - including all of these other events!
Now you know when to celebrate, all you need is a where!
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