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Hip hop music will return to the national broadcast primetime schedule for the first time in more than a decade when SSN TV airs 2014 Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Induction Ceremony and Concert on November 13, 2014, 8PM-10PM. Hosted by hip hop icon Roxanne Shanté, and featuring turntablist DJ Mell Starr, the special will be the first hip hop award show on broadcast television since UPN dropped the Source Awards in 2001. Taped earlier at Stage 48 in midtown Manhattan, the show features performances by Talib Kweli, Brand
Nubian, Biz Markie, Rob Base, MC Busy Bee, and Sugar Hill Gang alums Wonder Mike and Master Gee among others. The awards program will receive a second airing November 19, 8PM-10PM.
The Hip Hop Hall of Fame broadcast will pay tribute to the 2014 Inductee class. The honorees include, performers Sugar Hill Gang, Spoonie G & The Treacherous Three, Sequence, The Mercedes Ladies, Busy Bee; DJ Hollywood; graffiti artists Cornbread & Stay High 149; dancers The Twins; radio DJ Mr. Magic; documentary filmmaker Charles Ahearn, director/producer Wild Style; media pioneer Ralph McDaniel, photographer Ernie Paniccioli, and a memorial tribute to DJ EZ Rock.
"We are proud to bring a hip hop awards show back to a national broadcast audience after so long an absence. Hip hop is a global phenomena that has not only influenced all of our major art form, but has changed the way we speak, dress, think and interact with each other" said Doug McHenry, CEO, SSN TV. McHenry is the producer of more than twenty films, including New Jack City and Krush Groove, the 1985 cult film that tells the story of the birth of Def Jam Recordings.
Reaching 40 million over the air households and 7 million cable households, SSN TV is the number one source for African American News, Information, Culture and Entertainment.
"SSN has embraced the Hall of Fame, our mission, and the aspirations of the hip hop community. As a distinguished filmmaker and one of the original contributors to hip hop, Doug understands that mastery of any element of hip hop culture has the unique capacity to enlighten and empower our young people. The artists, deejays, dancers, graffiti artists, filmmakers, and photographer that we honor this year, tirelessly perfected their crafts and have changed global cultural forever," added James
Thompson, Chairman, Hip Hop Hall of Fame.
The Hip Hop Hall of Fame (HHHOF) was founded in 1992 to recognize the positive social impact hip hop has had on culture and society, and to create awareness of it not only an art form, but a learning tool, instructional resource and global business market. A fully chartered nonprofit museum and educational institution, HHHOF mission is to introduce young people to the professions and businesses related to the hip hop industry, and to inspire them with the achievements of hip hop culture at the highest level of quality.
Earlier this year, the HHHOF announced it had secured a location adjacent to New York City's Times Square
for the construction of its Museum and Entertainment Complex. Scheduled to open in late 2016, the museum collection will include film, video, art, photography, memorabilia, as well as, high tech interactive exhibits. The museum is expected to serve more than one million visitors annually, as well as host over 200 live events and educational programs.
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THE 2014 HIP HOP HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:
The Mercedes Ladies
Widely recognized as the first all female group, The Mercedes Ladies were founded around 1976. They were the sister group to Grandwizard Theodore and the L Brothers.
The Sequence is a former female hip hop trio signed to the Sugar Hill label in the early-1980s. The group consisted of Cheryl Cook (Cheryl The Pearl), Gwendolyn Chisolm (Blondie), and lead singer/rapper Angie Stone
(Angie B.) Their most notable single was "Funk You Up" (1979), which was the first rap record released by a female group and the second single released by Sugar Hill Records.
Busy Bee Starski
Known by the stage name Busy Bee, is an old school hip hop musician, and MC. First coming on the New York City music scene in 1977, Busy Bee worked with many of hip-hop's founding fathers, including Melle Mel, Afrika and Kool DJ AJ.
Spoonie G & The Treacherous 3
The Treacherous Three was a pioneering hip hop group that was formed in 1978 and consisted of DJ Easy Lee, Kook Moe Dee, L.A. Sunshine, Special K and Spoonie Gee, with occasional contributions from DJ Dano B, DJ Reggie Reg and DJ Crazy Eddie. They first appeared on record in 1980 on the B side of Spoonie Gee's single, Love Rap.
Wonder Mike & Master Gee of The Sugarhill Gang
The Sugarhill Gang is an American Rap group, known mostly for its 1979 hit "Rapper's Delight," the first rap single to become a Top 40 hit. The members, all from Englewood, NJ and consisted of Michael "Wonder Mike" Wright, Henry "Big Bank Hank" Jackson, and Guy "Master Gee" O'Brien.
American old school hip-hop DJ and rapper. According to Kurtis Blow, Hollywood was the first rapper in the hip hop style. His rhymes are from the top of the dome, he has never written down and some of his creations other rappers have been using for the last 30 years, such as "throw ya hands in the air and wave 'em like you just don't care."
Mr. Magic debuted in 1981 on WHBI-FM in New York City with the first exclusive rap radio show to be aired on a major station. Billing itself as Rap Attack, Magic's show featured Marley Marl as the DJ and Tyrone "Fly Ty" Williams as the show's co-producer. Magic's reign on the New York City airwaves lasted six years and was instrumental in broadening the scope and validity of hip-hop music.
Graffiti artist Darryl McCray, is known by his tagging name "Cornbread" and is recognized as being one of the first modern graffiti artists. At a time when most graffiti art was tagged by gang names and symbols, Cornbread was the first artist to tag his own name. His notorious stunts, which included tagging the Jackson 5's jet and an elephant in the Philadelphia Zoo, brought the young artist into the national spotlight. As well as an inductee at the Graffiti Hall of Fame, Cornbread is credited to contributing to the early formation of hip hop Culture.
Stay High 149
Hailed as the "superstar" of the graffiti world in the late 1970s, Wayne Roberts, is known by his tagging name "Stay High 149". Roberts signature graffiti symbol is the "Smoker"; adapted from the famous 1960s TV show The Saint. He had a reputation for being able to tag over 100 trains during the day and 200 trains at night. In 1973, New York magazine published a piece on subway graffiti, which featured images of Roberts' artwork.
were really pioneers in the b-boy world. They were at their most active period during the mid 70′s before many other well-known crews were formed. They were the first group to really take to the floor with footwork and mixed in vertical moves, including the sling shot. The Twins
were also known for their high fashion including trench coats and often times they were sporting cigars as part of their routines.
Ernie Paniccioli is an American photographer of hip hop culture. A Cree Native American, he grew up in Brooklyn, New York. His photography of hip hop began in the 1970s with shots of graffiti in New York. The hip hop journalist Kevin
Powell encouraged Paniccioli to make a book and in 2002, Who Shot Ya? : Three Decades of Hip-Hop Photography was published. Paniccioli's work has appeared in various magazines over a 30-year period, including: New York Times, Rolling Stone, Time and Entertainment Weekly.
Charlie Ahearn and "Wild Style"
Ahearn was approached by graffiti artist, Fab 5 Freddy, who wanted to make a film about hip-hop as a broad culture encompassing emceeing, DJ'ing, graffiti and break-dancing, as an art form. In the summer of 1980 Ahearn began working with Fab 5 Freddy and graffiti artist Lee Quinones on what was later to be a classic hip-hop feature-length film by the name of Wild Style, taking its name from the graffiti-painting style of the same name: a style that is very symbolically described as an "energetic interlocking construction of letters with arrows and others that signify movement and direction." Ahearn wrote, directed and produced the film. Wild Style
screened two years later in 1982 and later premièred in 1983 in Times Square, breaking records by selling out at all screenings in the three weeks it played.
A Lifetime Achievement Award will be awarded to Hip Hop pioneer Ralph McDaniel who founded Video Music
Box. Created in the mid-80s, Video Music
Box is one of television's first programs to mainly feature Hip Hop videos. McDaniel's program provided a platform for unacknowledged hip-hop artists to reach viewers in mainstream America.
DJ EZ Rock
Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock were a hip hop duo from Harlem, New York who were best known for their hit, "It Takes Two." The duo consisted of Rob Base (Robert Ginyard, born May 18, 1967) and DJ E-Z Rock (Rodney "Skip" Bryce, died April 27, 2014).