CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will host a star-studded opening of the Hip Hop at 50: “Holla If Ya Hear Me” exhibition starting Thursday at The Rock Hall.
At 3 p.m., Rockhall Hall of Fame inductees Chuck D of Public Enemy and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of Run-DMC will present the PBS documentary series “Fight the Power: How Hip-Hop Changed the World.” and participate in discussions about the exhibition. The conversation will be moderated by Jason Hanley, Rockhall’s Vice President of Education and Visitor Relations. The event is open to Rockhall members and tickets are available for him to purchase at Rockhall for $20.
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From 6pm to 10pm, the Hip Hop at 50 “Hola If Ya Hear Me” Rock Hall Night event is free for members and Cleveland residents, and open to the general public outside of Cleveland. The masses will be $25. Tickets can be purchased at Rock Hall.
The fun kicks off at 6:30pm with a welcome on the PNC stage featuring Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Flava Flav, along with fellow ’80s rap pioneers Salt and Pepa and Roxanne Shante. Other activities include a behind-the-scenes look at items unearthed from Rock Hall vaults, the chance to play with turntables, samplers and drum machines at the new BEAT LAB interactive station, featuring archival footage of Grandmaster Flash & The Wild Five including historic Hall of Fame moments. , LL Cool J, Beastie Boys, and more.
Finally, DJ NicNacc will perform classic hip-hop on the PNC stage throughout the night.