November 12, (THEWILL) – Nigerian rapper, Emeka Akumefule, known professionally as Blaqbonez, makes history, being the only African rapper representing the Recording Academy [USA] in celebrating hip-hop at 50.
Blaqbonez stands tall among the luminaries set to grace the stage at “A GRAMMY Salute To 50 Years Of Hip-Hop” live concert special. The anticipation reached new heights as rap icons and emerging talents came together for an unforgettable celebration of the genre’s rich history.
Blaqbonez’s inclusion in the lineup not only underscores his rising prominence in the global hip-hop scene but also marks a significant milestone for African representation on such a prestigious platform. His unique style and lyrical prowess have garnered attention and respect, culminating in this momentous recognition by the Recording Academy.
Blaqbonez takes the stage at “A GRAMMY Salute To 50 Years Of Hip-Hop,” representing not only himself but a continent’s vibrant and dynamic hip-hop culture as he joined other prestigious hip-hop artistes like: 2 Chainz, Arrested Development, Big Daddy Kane, Black Sheep, Black Thought, Boosie Badazz, Bun B, Common, Cypress Hill, D-Nice, De La Soul, Digable Planets, DJ Diamond Kuts, DJ Greg Street, DJ Quik, DJ Trauma (House DJ), Doug E. Fresh, E-40, Glorilla, Gunna, Jermaine Dupry, Jeezy, JJ Fad, Kool Dj Red Alert, Latto, Ll Cool J, Luniz, Mc Lyte, Mc Sha-Rock, Monie Love, Public enemy, Queen Latifah, Questlove, Rakim, Remy Ma, Rick Ross, Roxxane Shante, Spinderella, Talib Kweli, The Lady Of Rage, The Pharcyde, Three 6 Mafia, T.I., Too $hort, Tyga, Uncle Luke, Warren G, Will Smith, DJ Jazzy, Jeff, YG and Yo-Yo.
Blaqbonez’s journey from the hip-hop scene in Africa to sharing the stage with global icons speaks volumes about the evolving landscape of the genre. The concert is not just a celebration of 50 years of hip-hop but also a moment of recognition for artists who continue to push boundaries and redefine the narrative.
The “A GRAMMY Salute To 50 Years Of Hip-Hop” concert took place on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at YouTube Theater, Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California. The dynamic two-hour celebration aimed to honour the profound history of hip-hop while spotlighting its vibrant future and monumental impact worldwide.
Although the performances were not live, the concert special will then air on Sunday, December 10, 2023.