Universal Hip-Hop Museum Hosting Livestream Benefit Feat. De La Soul, Chuck D, Kurtis Blow & More

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Universal Hip-Hop Museum Hosting Livestream Benefit Feat. De La Soul, Chuck D, Kurtis Blow & More

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The benefit event, titled Hip Hop Loves NY, is taking place on Thursday, April 23.

The Universal Hip-Hop Museum is putting on a livestream benefit event to help out healthcare workers in New York.

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Hip-Hop Loves NY is set to air on Thursday, April 23, and will feature appearances from Ice T, Kurtis Blow, Mike Epps, De La Soul, Naughty by Nature, Biz Markie, Dave East, Chuck D, Kid N Play, Sugar Hill Gang, Big Daddy Kane and more. Ralph Daniels, the creator of Video Music Box, will serve as the host.

The Universal Hip-Hop Museum is hosting the benefit alongside Mass Appeal and YouTube, with the livestream of the event airing on Mass Appeal’s YouTube channel.

“New York has become the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Rocky Bucano, Executive Director of the Universal Hip-Hop Museum, said in a press statement. “It has shed light on the health and economic disparities in Black and Brown communities as African Americans and Latinos are dying at a disproportionately higher rate. This is a result of underlying health issues and major economic gaps in our city. The courage and the tenacity of the frontline healthcare workers serving in the most vulnerable populations is nothing short of heroic. We wanted to do something special to recognize their sacrifice and bring a little levity during this historic health crisis. This is how Hip Hop says thank you.”

Proceeds raised from Hip-Hop Loves NY will go toward SOMOS Community Care, a network of over 2,500 healthcare providers throughout New York City, and The Bronx Community Relief Effort, an effort focused on meeting the most essential needs in the Bronx.

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