Raising Kings and Queens concert to take Hip Hop back to its roots

by Jon Minners

What once was will be again.  Hip Hop, born and raised in the Bronx, is taking the borough by storm once more with every community feeling the vibe. 

With the 6th Annual Raising Kings and Queens concert the talk of the south Bronx, it is now the talk of the entire Bronx, as the Westchester Square train station, a virtual bridge between the Morris Park and Throggs Neck communities, sports a giant banner advertising what many within the Hip Hop community claim will be the biggest concert of its kind in the Bronx since last year’s fifth annual extravaganza. 

“This is a day for the entire Bronx to celebrate,” said DJ Cool Clyde, an organizer of the concert each year.  “Hip Hop is the Bronx.  It is something for this borough to be proud of.  It’s the only culture that rules the planet.  There is nothing else like it.  No other type of culture reaches out to so many people of such diverse ethnicities, religions, races and tastes.  We want to see everyone come out and enjoy themselves.”

Coming off the heels of an announcement that the Bronx will get a Hip Hop Museum of its own, the Raising Kings and Queens event, sponsored by United We Stand Entertainment and 107.5 WBLS FM, in association with B Boy All Stars, will bring back the true pioneers of Hip Hop on Sunday, August 13, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Rosedale “Big” Park, the birth park of Hip Hop, between Watson and Gleason avenues.   

The free event is being put together by Clyde, the host of his own show on Bronxnet and a player in the push to bring a Hip Hop Museum to the BronxClyde is working with his partners at UWSE, DJ Lightin Lance and Shawn to make the event a continued success. 

This year, both Dr. Bob Lee and Wendy Williams, known as the queen of all media will be the big name hosts for a show that will include freestyle music legend Shannon; ShaRock, the first female luminary MC; DJ Breakout; the Bronx Bullies; Ronnie Mercedes; the Jazzy 5 MC’s; Kurtis Blow; The Funky Feet Dance Studio from the UK; BT Express; The Twin Towers; DipSet; Kool DJ Dee; Mixologist Tyrone; Minnesota, producer of Mos Def; Afrika Bambaataa; Will Traxx, Lord Tariq; Peter and Corey Gunz; La India; The Green Eyed Genie; legendary Jazz musician Dave Valentin and the Hip Hop Magician, just to name a few guest for the evening. 

Even Hip Hop luminaries like Funkmaster Flex of Hot 97 and Steph Lova of Power 105.1 have been rumored to attend, with Flex mentioning the concert several times on his highly rated radio program.   

And while it is a Hip Hop event, Clyde promises something for everyone, including food and barbecue, vendors, information booths, graffiti displays, b-boy/b-girl ciphers, breast cancer and prostate screenings, fashion shows, body building, face painting, airbrushing, boxing demos with Iran “The Blade” Barkley, roller skating, balloon castles, volleyball and much more. 

“I wanted to pack in as much as I could,” said Clyde.  “I am trying to unite a community.  That’s the true spirit of Hip Hop.  It’s not about what you hear on the radio today.  Hip Hop was about raising an awareness.  I want people to come together and enjoy each other’s company and while they are here, I want them to say, ‘hey, since I am here, let me take part in one of these health screenings,’ or learn something about fire safety.  I want this event to be entertaining and empowering.”

Helping to make this a reality through financial or other support are Hip Hop Assemblyman Ruben Diaz, Jr. and Assemblyman Peter Rivera, Health Plus, MTV Live, The Bronx Times, The New York Daily News, Transportation Workers Union, McDonald’s, My 9, News 12, Bronxnet, New York 1, Dunkin Donuts, Pathmark, Amalgamated Bank and many more organizations. 

For more information, go to www.unitedwestandent.org

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