Brooklyn are you ready for the hottest hip hop performance this summer?

City Park’s Summerstage presents the “Spread Love Hip-Hop Jam” hosted by DJ “Uncle Ralph” McDaniels, a free performance on Thursday, August 11 at the Coney Island Amphitheater.

Kool Herc

Coming to the stage is Kool Herc, who is credited with originating Hip Hop in the Bronx, along with Special Ed, Brand Nubian, Smif-n-Wessun, Black Sheep, Girl Codee, Sweet Tee and DJ Scratch.

Special Ed

Yes, that’s right, the legends will be gathering to “spread love the Brooklyn way” at a performance you don’t want to miss.

The year 2023 is widely recognized as the year of Hip-Hop’s 50th anniversary. The legends are gathering now to ring in this monumental mid-century marker of a music that has had the greatest global influence of any music in modern history.

McDaniels serves as a fitting host for Thursday’s show, as he is universally with creating the broadcast platform that first made the music global. He’s best known for his long-running music video show “Video Music Box” (which debuted in 1983) .

He directed Nas and Wu-Tang’s first music videos, and reported from the clubs and the streets to bring hip-hop to the masses without cable television—reaching an audience untapped by the nascent music channel MTV.

Decades later, it’s now Nas that’s directing him, as the subject of a new Showtime documentary called “You’re Watching Video Music Box.” Along with a full lineup of beloved hip-hop artists, McDaniels brings the community spirit of Video Music Box to his Spread Love Hip-Hop Jam, supporting the culture on Hip-Hop Appreciation Day the only way he knows how: with knowledge and respect.

Here are the Deets:

Spread Love Hip-Hop Jam

Thursday, August 11, 2022

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Doors open 6:00 pm)

Coney Island Amphitheater, 3052 W 21st St, Brooklyn, NY 11224

No tickets or RSVPs required, but admission is first come, first serve.

To listen to a short playlist of the artists, click here!

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