On Aug. 5, Hip-Hop celebrated 50 years at the Rock The Bells Festival in Queens, NY in front of a sold out crowd. Featuring icons like Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, MC Sha-Rock, LL COOL J, RUN DMC, Boot Camp Clik, Roxanne Shanté, and many more, the entire day showcased talent from every corner of Hip-Hop's storied timeline.
Forest Hills Stadium was electric with fans soaking up the genre's rich history. This wasn't just a festival — it was an electrifying testament to Hip-Hop's legacy.
Rakim, The God MC moved the crowd.
The crowd recited most of MC Lyte's set verbatim — classic material.
MC Sha-Rock, recognized as Hip-Hop's first female MC, got a lot of love all day.
Big Boi and Sleep Brown surprised everyone during Queen Latifah's set.
Super producer Swizz Beatz was especially hype during his high-energy performance.
Boot Camp Clik was ready for action at the festival.
Backstage, Lost Boyz confirmed that yep, "Rene" is based a true story.
The legendary DJ Hurricane handled the tables with perfection.
Ludacris' set was fire.
Two of the best live performers around.
Roxanne Shanté had a nice day.
Redman wanted to know how sick.
The Ruler commanded the stage.
Long live the Kane.
Awesome set from the GOAT.