Nas, Cam’ron & more added to Yankee Stadium’s hip hop 50th anniversary concert

The big Hip Hop 50 Live at Yankee Stadium concert is this Friday (8/11) with headliners Run DMC (who say they’re breaking up), plus Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Ice Cube, and so many others, and there have been some new additions.

Nas (whose Mass Appeal company was already involved in the show) is now billed as direct support, and other new additions include Cam’ron, Wiz Khalifa, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, and Kid Capri.

The show also includes a Queens of Hip Hop set with Eve, Lil’ Kim, Remy Ma, and Trina; a Pillars of Hip Hop set with DJ Kool Herc & Cindy Campbell, Kurtis Blow, Melle Mel, The Sugarhill Gang, and more; and sets from T.I., Fat Joe, Common, A$AP Ferg, Ghostface Killah, Lupe Fiasco, Slick Rick, and more. Tickets are still available.

Nas recently released new album Magic 2 (his fifth consecutive album with producer Hit-Boy in three years), and he’s also going on the NY State of Mind Tour with Wu-Tang Clan and De La Soul that hits Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on September 27.

Wu-Tang also headline another big 50th anniversary of hip hop concert in NYC, at Madison Square Garden on September 15.

Like hip hop, Nas turns 50 this year, and he recently talked about the Yankee Stadium concert in an interview with Billboard. Here’s an excerpt:

The work I do with Mass Appeal is based on all things that really move people culturally. Hip-hop is one of our things that we hug and love, and I posted on Instagram a couple of years back that the flyer for [DJ Kool Herc’s party on] Aug. 11, 1973, is the birth certificate of hip-hop. I’m probably not the first person that said it, but I just love it.

I love the art form so much, and so does Pete. He really wanted to push #HipHop50, and I was down. Just seeing everybody else doing it at the same time is cool. It’s growing every day up until Aug. 11, when Mass Appeal has put together the Yankee Stadium in the Bronx concert on the birthday of hip-hop. Other artists and networks are doing cool things, too.

[…] I recently saw an interview with Ice Cube, and he was talking about how the East Coast/West Coast feud didn’t start with Biggie and 2Pac. It was kind of before that. It was normal territorial vibes: “We represent this, y’all represent that.” The essence of hip-hop is the battle, so everything was competitive. New York was on they bulls–t. West Coast was on they bulls–t. The South and so on. So to have everyone together is what the birthday of hip-hop should be about. It shouldn’t just be one region. Everybody should be celebrating together.

About hip hop’s longevity, Nas also said, “As a kid, Run-D.M.C. was breaking barriers, and I figured there was no limit to how far it could go.” Read more here.

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Hip Hop 50 Live at Yankee Stadium Lineup
Snoop Dogg
Lil Wayne
Wiz Khalifa
Ice Cube
DJ Kool Herc & Cindy Campbell
A Boogie wit da Hoodie
Fat Joe
Kid Capri
Lil’ Kim
Remy Ma
A$AP Ferg
Slick Rick
Lupe Fiasco
Ghostface Killah
The Sugarhill Gang
Roxanne Shanté
DJ Marley Marl
DJ Mannie Fresh
DJ Clark Kent
DJ Battlecat
Kurtis Blow
Grandmaster Caz
Grandmaster Melle Mel
Grandmaster Scorpio