50 Years of Hip Hop – Celebrating the Culture

50 Years of Hip Hop – Celebrating the Culture

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) J. Cole headlines the main stage on Day 1 of Wireless Festival 2018 at Finsbury Park on July 6, 2018 in London, England.

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop in 2023, we take a look back at so many of the artists from right here in North Carolina, who have helped change the genre.

Artists like J. Cole, Petey Pablo, 9th Wonder, and even Fred Durst, have left huge marks on the industry.

North Carolina has plenty of prestige in the Hip Hop world, but most of it came quietly. The state has deep roots in soul and R&B music, with legends of the industry like John Coltrane, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack, Ben E. King, Gladys Knight and so many more having Tar Heel ties.

As we moved into more recent history, artists like Fantasia Barrino, Jodeci, Jermaine Dupri, and more have had connections to our great state.

Despite the majority of the attention in the South going to the scene in Georgia, North Carolina hasn’t been a slouch in the rap game.

I want to celebrate artists from my state who have contributed to the genre celebrating 50 years this year. So often we hear J. Cole, and rightfully so as he cultivated a dynamic legacy within Hip Hop. With Dreamville he has built what is set to be one the most impactful brands Hip Hop has ever seen. Still, so many other artists from our state have contributed to Hip hop in massive ways. Let us not forget their flowers.

 

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