Wu-Tang Clan, Mary J. Blige, More Join Hot 97 "Hip-Hop 50" Show

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Raekwon and Ghostface Killah of Wu Tang Clan perform at Parklife Festival 2023 at Heaton Park on June 11, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/Getty Images)

The hip hop legends are joined by some of the genres staple guests for the celebratory show.

All year people have been celebrating the 50th anniversary of hip-hop. Now, Hot 97 has announced what might be the biggest celebration of the genre's anniversary this year. The show is set to take place on September 15th in Madison Square Garden. Headliners include rap legends Wu-Tang Clan as well as Mary J. Blige and Mariah Carey. Elsewhere in the line-up are EPMD, Tyrese, Seal Paul, and Maxwell. DJ Funk Flex will serve as host/curator of the event. Pre-sale tickets are already out and the general public will be able to get theirs later this week.

It's yet another celebration of the genre's 50th anniversary in a year packed full of outings dedicated to the genre. Just last week Hot 97 Summer Jam happened with a special performance from The LOX celebrating rap's 50th birthday. Just a few days ago, Mass Appeal and Live Nation teamed up to announce the line-up for a massive celebratory show happening later this summer. Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, and Run D.M.C are all included in the show's all-star roster. Mass Appeal has also released a pair of EPs as part of a "Hip Hop 50" series curated by Nas and handled by various legendary rap producers. Last year's first volume was handled by DJ Premier while this year's 2nd edition was done by Swizz Beats.

Big Guns Showing Up For Hip Hop's 50th

During this year's Grammys, there was a massive performance dedicated to rap's 50th birthday. The Questlove curated show featured dozens of rappers from the genre's entire history performing a medley of rap's most well-known songs. The parade of artists reached all the way back into the genre's early days with an appearance from Run D.M.C. It also featured some of the most modern-day hitmakers, most notably Glorilla.

HotNewHipHop is celebrating rap's 50th anniversary with daily recaps of the genre's history year by year. Check out today's edition covering the 4th year of rap music development, 1976. What do you think about the line-ups of the Hot 97 Hip Hop 50 celebration shows this year? Let us know in the comments below.

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Lavender Alexandria is a music and culture journalist based in Los Angeles, California. She’s covered dozens of musical genres and styles from the most mainstream to the most experimental and underground on her blog and accompanying YouTube channel that looks at music, pop culture, and Billboard charts since 2017: Lav’s Music Corner. Lavender has produced editorial and listicle content both in written and video form over the past far years and has also interviewed up-and-coming artists like Censored Dialogue. Her experiences covering culture have taken her from Hyperpop parties in LA to underground rap shows in Atlanta, to DIY punk shows in Charlotte. Lavender has also written for iHeartRadio, covering some of the biggest artists in Hip Hop such as Ice Spice, Drake, Doja Cat and Cardi B. She also has bylines with ScreenRant and continues to write for Ringtone magazine. Lavender is a lifelong Charlotte Hornets fan and her favorite rap artists include Clipping, Little Simz, Earl Sweatshirt, and Kendrick Lamar.