Chucky Thompson
Chucky Thompson

Pete Rock, Kid Capri, Rakim, Nice & Smooth and Kool Moe Dee will be honored for their impact on hip-hop culture worldwide in an upcoming festive evening. 

The Hip-Hop Museum of Washington, D.C., founded two years ago, will celebrate the upcoming 50th birthday of Hip-Hop music and culture with an impressive induction ceremony during its Grand Induction Gala, Friday, Oct. 8 from 4 – 8 p.m. 

The venue will be the Ivy City Smokehouse, 1356 Okie Street in Northwest. 

Honorees include: Pete Rock, Kid Capri, Rakim, Nice & Smooth and Kool Moe Dee, each of whom will be inducted along with a special posthumous induction for rapper Heavy D and legendary record producer, Chucky Thompson.

The event will be hosted by Russell Peters, a world renowned comedian and hip-hop aficionado, who said, “Even as a Canadian kid, Hip-Hop raised me and it’s the lens through which I’ve seen the world.”

As part of the gala, he will sit down with the inductees for a special taping of his podcast, “Culturally Cancelled.” The gala will also feature The Hip-Hop Museum’s Executive Director Master Gee, a founding member of The Sugarhill Gang. 

Many VIP Hip-Hop legends are expected to be in the building including: Chief Rocker Busy Bee (first solo MC signed to Sugarhill Records); Krazy Drayz (DAS EFX) showcasing his new cannabis strain “Googley Goo,” producer Domingo, co-hosting the podcast; and Hip-Hop historian Jay Quan who will deliver the induction speeches.

For more information, visit www.hiphopmuseumdc.org. The Hip-Hop Museum’s art gallery will be open to the public seven days a week from noon  – 8 p.m., beginning on Oct. 9. The Hip-Hop Museum, DC is located inside Listen Vision Studios 2622 Georgia Avenue in Northwest.

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This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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