The mighty Wu-Tang Clan headlined an unforgettable show at the Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Queens, yesterday (August 11). The legendary group formed in Staten Island indeed brought da ruckus last night, performing a slew of their greatest hits (or “wu bangas”) and fan favorites — from “Bring da Ruckus” to “C.R.E.A.M.” to “Protect Ya Neck” to “Triumph” — all in celebration of the 50th anniversary of hip-hop!
The “For the Love” event, presented by SiriusXM and Pandora, saluted the hip-hop and remembered the milestones the genre has achieved since its origins 50 years ago. In addition to the headliner Wu-Tang, the show featured opener Lola Brooke, as well as appearances from Public Enemy icon Flavor Flav, Sway Calloway, and more.
Take a look at some of the biggest moments captured with the Wu-Tang Clan below.
Additionally, the event started out with a family-friendly program, “For the Love: Community Giveback” in which local students, families, and businesses can enjoy hip-hop activities and performances to support the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens. Throughout the afternoon, breakdancing performances, double-dutch to live, interactive broadcasts of SiriusXM Hip-Hop Nation’s Gray Rizzy and The Heat’s DJ Steel will also took place.
For the Love: 50 Years of Hip-Hop Programming Highlights
Queens of Hip-Hop
Available year-round on the SiriusXM App, Queens of Hip-Hop will also be available to subscribers in their cars on channel 104 from August 22–31.
The channel features music from today’s biggest female hip-hop artists including Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion and Nicki Minaj. Listeners will also hear music from the queens who’ve paved the way including Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott and Lil’ Kim.
Furious 5 Weekend Hip-Hop Icons Editions
Ice Cube, Big Daddy Kane, Kurtis Blow, Grandmaster Caz, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, MC Lyte, Doug E Fresh, Rev Run, DJ Red Alert, and more share five of their favorite hip-hop artists and songs.
Furious 5 Weekend Hip-Hop Icons Editions airs on LL COOL J’s Rock The Bells Radio on the SiriusXM App starting August 10.
#HipHop50: Mobb Deep Retrospective
Havoc, one half of the legendary rap group Mobb Deep, discusses his life, legacy, and music with Coach PR and will also perform in front of a studio audience.
Mobb Deep Retrospective with Havoc airs on Shade 45 August 5–9.
#RespectTheDJ with DJ Tony Touch, D-Stroy, DJ Enuff, and Crazy Legs
Celebrate #HipHop50 with an ode to our DJ legends that paved the way. DJing is the one of the four elements of hip-hop, and this conversation will provide insight and deliver mixes from some of the men and women who were pillars on the 1 & 2’s like Kool DJ Red Alert, DJ Charlie Chase, DJ Baby J and more.
#RespectTheDJ airs on Shade 45 August 19.
The Hip Hop Top 500 Countdown
From the forefathers of rap who laid the foundation all the way up to the latest stars who keep the culture going, you’ll hear the full range of hip-hop! Whether it’s a back-in-the-day anthem or a current top hit, you’ll get them all, as we count down to the biggest hip-hop song ever!
The Hip Hop Top 500 Countdown airs on SiriusXM channel 104 from August 1–7.
The New Rory & Mal
Throughout the month of August, The New Rory & Mal podcast will honor 50 years of hip-hop with five special episodes featuring guests who have made a significant impact on the music and culture, whether it’s an industry vet or an upstart making waves right now. Rory and Mal will spotlight a new decade each week to showcase how the change-makers of hip hop have influenced its evolution over the past 50 years.
Listen to The New Rory & Mal on the SiriusXM App.
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