Hip-hop hits a 50-year milestone

Hip-hop turns 50

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The Future. Last Friday was the 50th anniversary of the creation of hip-hop — a young music genre that has since become arguably the most influential force in modern music and culture. With the genre set to be a $33 billion industry by 2030, hip-hop’s next 50 years have the potential to be even more impactful.

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For the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, Axios looked back at its origin story.

Since then, acts such as N.W.A., Public Enemy, Tupac, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, and Kendrick Lamar have taken the genre to new heights both musically and culturally. The Center for Music Ecosystems reports it’s the most listened to genre in the world, consistently topping the charts for the past 30 years.

And now the Universal Hip Hop Museum is solidifying the genre’s history where it started — the museum is set to open in the Bronx either late next year or early 2025.


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