The musical genre known as Hip-HIp has defined movements, communities and generations for 50 years. The Long Island Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame (LIMEHOF) celebrated the genre last weekend at its home in Stoney His Brook His Village. Founded in 2004, Limehoff has been preserving and celebrating Long Island’s rich music and entertainment history for the past 19 years. In addition to honoring Long Island artists, the organization also includes talent within Queens and Kings counties, New York. Past Hall of Fame inductees include Run-DMC, Public Enemy, Eric B. & Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Kurtis Blow, Whodini, Salt-N-Pepa, EPMD and more.
LIMEHOF Hip Hop 50 took place last weekendth The anniversary celebration paid tribute to the culturally influential Long Island artists. The event kicked off with the unveiling of LL Cool J, who was inducted into the Leimhoff Hall of Fame in 2008. The 8.5-foot-tall statue depicts Bucket his LL Cool J in his 1980s with his hat and a large chain around his neck. Additionally, the sculpture plays the music of LL Cool J, adding to the aural experience for those who visit the work. The statue’s original home was in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, but a year later it was moved to a new home at the Limehof Museum.
The statue’s unveiling was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Tom Needham, Limehoff’s vice president and longtime host of The Sound of Film Radio Show. Panelists consisted of Keith Schocklee, MC Glamorous, AJ Rock from JVC Force, Dinco D from Leaders of the New School, DJ Johnny Juice and Ralph McDaniels. The event ended with musical performances by DJ Jazzy Jay, MC Glamorous, AJ Rock, Dinco D, DJ Johnny Juice and Son of Bazerk.
Learn more about LIMEHOF and its commitments here.