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The Official Hip Hop 50 Celebration Festival: Back To The City 2023!
Greetings Hip Hop Enthusiasts!
Get ready to groove to the rhythm, feel the beat, and experience the ultimate Hip Hop extravaganza at the highly anticipated 17th Annual Back To The City International Hip Hop Festival! We're thrilled to announce that this year's festival promises to be bigger, bolder, and more electrifying than ever before. Don't miss your chance to be part of the global 50 years of Hip Hop culture celebration. Secure your tickets today and get ready to immerse yourself in an unforgettable experience!
Why You Can't Miss This:
World-Class Lineup: Brace yourselves for a lineup featuring 100 Emcees, 40 Deejays, 13 Graffiti Crews, Dance Battles, Beatboxers, 70 Stalls and 10 Activations from iconic veterans to emerging talents and brands, our diverse selection promises to deliver non-stop energy and electrifying performances.
Diverse Hip Hop Culture: Immerse yourself in the richness of Hip Hop culture. Experience mind-blowing rap performances and battles an, mind-bending graffiti art, jaw-dropping breakdance battles, and thought-provoking panel discussions on the evolution of Hip Hop over the past 50 years.
Epic Atmosphere: Mary FitzGerald Square will be transformed into a captivating urban landscape, where every corner breathes Hip Hop. Stunning visuals, innovative stage setups & immersive audio experiences and moments that will transport you to the heart of the Hip Hop universe.
Exclusive Experiences: Upgrade your festival adventure with exclusive VIP packages that offer backstage access, meet-and-greet opportunities with artists, and limited-edition hamepers to make your memories last forever.
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Tickets are selling faster than a freestyle rhyme! Don't wait too long to get your tickets:
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Back To The City isn't just a festival; it's a movement that unites people from all walks of life under the banner of Hip Hop. It's about celebrating diversity, promoting creativity, and embracing the power of music to bring us together. By purchasing your ticket, you're not just attending a festival; you're becoming part of the global Hip Hop family.
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Let's Get Back To The City and Celebrate Hip Hop!
Get ready to embrace the rhythm, live the culture, and own the stage. Back To The City International Hip Hop Festival 2023 is set to redefine what a Hip Hop festival can be. Don't miss out on this unforgettable experience and be part of the biggest festival in Africa by grabbing your tickets now!
10K CHALLENGE TOP 20 MC's & PRODUCERS
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Havoc was born in Brooklyn and raised in the Queensbridge Houses. At a later age, Havoc found out his paternal grandfather was jazz musician Bill Dixon. In his teenage years, he shot a Def Jam employee in the belly by accident. He graduated from the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan, New York in 1992, where he met Prodigy. He is one half of the iconic hip hop duo Mobb Deep, and in addition to producing nearly the entire Mobb Deep catalogue, has also produced songs for MCs such as The Notorious B.I.G., Eminem, Nas, Raekwon, 50 Cent, 112, Method Man, Mariah Carey, Puff Daddy, LL Cool J, Rohff, Big Noyd, Lil Kim, Capone-N-Noreaga, Foxy Brown, Onyx, and his partner Prodigy on his solo work. In 2005, Mobb Deep recorded for fellow Queens rapper 50 Cent's record label G-Unit Records and left the label in 2009, in a mutually agreed-to release.
Havoc is renowned as one of the most iconic figures in New York hip hop. Popular music magazine Complex ranked Havoc among the top hip hop producers of 1995 after The Infamous. Beattips.com ranked him as the 24th most influential beatmaker of all time citing his dual abilities of rapping and producing. Following The Infamous, he tweaked his skills and transitioned to a more atmospheric production style that incorporated samples from classical music, most notably visible on the 1996 album Hell on Earth. As a rapper, he is known for his hardcore lyricism and consistent flow. He also contributed background vocals and a verse on Black Moon's debut album Enta da Stage in 1993.
In July 2009, Havoc was featured alongside in J Dilla's music video for "24K Rap" off of the Jay Stay Paid album, the video was directed by Derek Pike. In 2010, Havoc produced a beat for Eminem that resulted in a song called "Untitled" which is a hidden track on Eminem's album Recovery and contributed to the iTunes bonus track to Raekwon's album Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang & Bad Meets Evil's Hell: The Sequel EP. He revealed that he plans to record a new Mobb Deep album with Nas. His third studio album 13 was released on May 7, 2013.
Havoc worked with Kavinsky on his 2013 album OutRun. He wrote the lyrics and sang the vocals for "Suburbia", the sixth track on the album. In 2016, Havoc helped produce "Real Friends" and "Famous", two tracks on Kanye West's album The Life of Pablo.
His original productions have been featured in numerous commercially successful films, well known television series and popular video games, and he is a character in Def Jam: Fight For NY. Havoc produced the New York Yankees official 2020 anthem, "Squad Up", that features verses from both Havoc and Method Man.
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HENNESSY HONOURS PIONEERS OF SA HIP HOP AT WALL OF FAME.
04 December 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HENNESSY HONOURS PIONEERS OF SA HIP HOP AT WALL OF FAME
South Africa, 18 November 2019: Which 26 South African hip hop pioneers will have their names on the Hennessy Wall of Fame? HHP? Slikour? Kwesta? Amidst much hype and speculation, the inaugural inductees will be unveiled on 5 December. Located in the soon-to-launch South African Hip Hop Museum (opening in 2020), the Hennessy Wall of Fame honours local hip hop royalty and is a partnership between the world’s most loved cognac and Back to the City festival and South African Hip Hop awards founder, Osmic Menoe.
The Hennessy Wall of Fame pays tribute to those who have laid the foundations for the SA hip hop industry and made it the global force it is today. These gamechangers have broken boundaries and boldly pushed the limits of their own potential to pioneer the culture. They embody the brand’s ethos to Never Stop. Never Settle.
Hennessy has long been synonymous with hip hop. Ever since first being uttered on a verse, the iconic brand has featured in some 2500 songs and has made an indelible mark on the genre. To date, it’s the most mentioned spirit not just in hip hop but in the broader music industry as a whole. It remains absolutely interwoven with hip hop culture.
Khomotso Ledwaba, brand manager of Hennessy SA, says, “Over the years, globally we’ve collaborated with heavyweights like Rakim, Nas and some of the world’s best-known street artists like KAWS, Vhils, and Shepard Fairey. We are anchored in South African urban culture, partnering with icons like Jonathan Mannion to shoot local hip hop artists and through campaigns such as the ever-popular Hennessy Artistry. We will continue to champion the culture through initiatives like the Wall of Fame.
The Hennessy Wall of Fame will showcase 26 prolific South African hip-hop pioneers who have shaped the culture through their art. From deejays, graffiti artists, producers, b-boys, writers and musicians, it houses SA’s hip-hop pioneers. The Wall of Fame will be a longstanding homage and will continue to grow as new names are added every three years, with approval from a prestigious panel.
Inductees must meet the following criteria, among others:
● How long they’ve been active
● Their cultural impact
● How consistent they’ve been in affecting change to culture
● The accolades they’ve been awarded
Ledwaba says it has been an honour to partner with Menoe, “Osmic is an integral part of SA’s hip hop industry and a pleasure to collaborate with. We have the utmost respect for everything he has done for hip hop culture, including the SA Hip Hop Museum, the Back to the City hip-hop festival and the SA Hip Hop Awards. He’s a natural fit for Hennessy in the urban culture space, and we are excited for what the SA Hip Hop Museum will achieve in bringing further awareness to the culture and the pioneers who shaped it.” Osmic Menoe, founder of the first-ever SA Hip Hop Museum says, “When my team and I started creating the South African hip hop museum two years ago,the big idea was to preserve, celebrate and archive all the amazing things this culture has done since the 80s. Keeping in mind that in SA we don’t really have such a space where the history of SA entertainment is preserved and archived so this move really means future kids will get to understand what came before them. This partnership with Hennessy on the Wall of Fame also came as an ego booster since the brand has always been associated with hip hop legends.”
Ledwaba concludes, “For the last 250 years, we have celebrated those who embrace the genesis of Never Stop. Never Settle. The Wall of Fame embodies this ethos. We look forward to revealing the first 26 names!”
The inductees to the Hennessy Wall of Fame will be announced on 5 December. The South African Hip Hop Museum will open in 2020, within the Museum Africa in Newtown, Johannesburg.
For more information, visit Facebook.com/SAHipHopMuseum
From the French region of Cognac and throughout its 250-year history, Hennessy has proudly perpetuated an exceptional heritage based on adventure, discovery and cultivating the best that nature and man can offer. Hennessy’s longevity and success across five continents reflect the values the Maison has upheld since its creation: the transmission of a unique savoir-faire, the constant (con)quest for innovation, and an unwavering commitment to Creation, Excellence, Legacy, and Sustainable Development. Today, these qualities are the hallmark of a House – a crown jewel in the LVMH Group – that crafts some of the most iconic, prestigious cognacs in the world.
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