Union Square
New York City, New York


GrandMaster Caz
Rosa Clemente
The Original DJ Jazzy Jay
Roxanne Shante
Ishle Park

DJ Boo on the 1's and 2's

This rally is about bringing the true essence of the Hip-Hop culture back to the masses. We are here to call out the multibillion dollar commercialization of "Hip-Hop" and show the world that it is not what Hip-Hop culture is all about. We are here to bring accountability to the commercialization of Hip-Hop. Many of our youths do not know when, where, why and how our culture originated or what it is all about because of the rampant commercialization of "Hip-Hop". Millions of dollars are used by media conglomerates to invest into marketing "Hip-Hop" to the masses that their responsibility to the community has been lost. The heart of the Hip-Hop culture has always been the community and we feel Hot 97, the supposed place "Where Hip-Hop Lives", has lost its respect and responsibility to the community a long time ago and it is about time for the community to step forward and take it back.

It is understood that Hot 97 is just one battle in a huge struggle amongst those who use Hip-Hop negatively and those who attack our Hip-Hop community. There are many other media outlets, many other corporations and many other struggles within our communities that need to be addressed. We, as part of the Hip-Hop community intend to address these issues and other concerns. This rally and this Hip-Hop Coalition is only the beginning of a dialogue for our communities to express, discuss and organize.

Added by Hashim on March 1, 2005

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