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Past Present & Future


AUGUST 10-11, 2023

Hip Hop 50  is a dynamic and engaging hip hop conference that aims to bring together artists, industry professionals, enthusiasts, and scholars to celebrate and explore the vibrant culture of hip hop. This conference provides a platform to discuss, showcase, and inspire innovation within the realms of music, dance, fashion, visual arts, and socio-cultural impact.

Raina Simone


This conference aims to create an inclusive and collaborative space where individuals can connect, exchange ideas, and deepen their understanding of hip hop. By highlighting its history, evolution, and socio-political impact, Hip Hop 50 seeks to empower attendees to contribute to hip hop communities and foster positive change.

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Hip Hop 50 is designed for hip hop enthusiasts of all ages, including artists, musicians, dancers, producers, curators, educators, scholars, and professionals working within the hip hop industry. Moreover, individuals interested in learning about the cultural significance of hip hop and its transformative potential are encouraged to attend.

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Key Features:


Panels & Workshops

Renowned artists, industry experts, and scholars will lead thought-provoking panels and interactive workshops covering a wide range of topics such as lyrical storytelling, music production, dance techniques, entrepreneurship, activism, and cultural preservation.


Performances & Showcases

Attendees will have the opportunity to witness electrifying performances by both emerging and established hip hop artists, representing diverse styles and genres within the culture. Dance battles, live graffiti art, and DJ showcases will also be featured, providing a multi-dimensional experience.


Networking & Collaboration

With participants from various backgrounds, including artists, music producers, managers, journalists, educators, and fans, Unleash the Rhythm offers excellent networking opportunities. Attendees can connect with like-minded individuals, fostering collaborations, and exploring potential career avenues within the industry.


Exhibitions & Installations

The conference will host art exhibitions and installations that delve into the visual aspects of hip hop culture. Attendees will have the chance to explore thought-provoking artwork, encompassing elements of street art, photography, fashion, and design.


Keynote Speakers

Esteemed figures from the hip hop industry will deliver inspiring keynote speeches, sharing personal experiences, insights, and reflections on the power of hip hop as a catalyst for social change, artistic expression, and cultural identity.

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Join us at Hip Hop 50

where the beats, the energy, and the passion of hip hop converge, inspiring, empowering, and celebrating the diverse voices within this ever-evolving culture. Together, let's shape the future of hip hop and create a positive impact on global communities.

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Join us for a dynamic fusion of academic discourse and cultural celebration. Engage with renowned scholars, influential artists, and passionate enthusiasts as we explore the multifaceted dimensions of Hip Hop's impact on society, music, fashion, activism, and academia. 


Participate in thought-provoking panel discussions, great performances, and interactive workshops. Uncover the important themes that shape the genre's past, present, and future. From breakdancing to lyricism, graffiti to social justice, this conference is a platform for understanding Hip Hop culture like never before

Meet The Conference Committee

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Benita King

Program Manager


Imani Bonham

Assistant Program Coordinator 

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Reggie Peters 

Director of Marketing & Visitor Services


Tia Tyree

Committee Member


Msia Clark

Associate Professor


Troy White

HU Student/Producer


Junious Whitaker 


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Roger Carruth

Assistant Professor

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Dwayne Matthews 

HU Ph.D./Hip-Hop Scholar 



Curator DNA/Carter Magazine

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