The event is part of the month-long program series that honors the history of hip hop and urban culture in Queens. Every day there will be an event, a performance or a jam, and Hip Hop Saves Lives/Negus World will be collaborating with the library throughout the program.
“Queens Library is launching its Hip Hop Elements initiative to preserve Queens’ urban music history and culture,” Queens Library President and CEO Thomas Galante said. “We are looking forward to expanding programming and collections, and to capturing the histories of those who lived it first hand.”
The library also hopes to attract more teens through the program series.
“Queens Library has made services to teens a priority, because we want them to know that we have programs and resources of interest to them now and throughout their lives,” Galante said. “Music is a great way to connect with them.”
The plan seems to be working, as teens filled the auditorium for the opening event with appearances by Kool Herc and DJ Marley Marl, who spun both old and new tracks.
Teens got up on stage and showed off some classic and more recent dance moves. There was also a breakdancing exhibition, which included one impressive eight-year-old dancer.
“It’s about youth and being young at heart,” Kool Herc said of his involvement with the teen-oriented program.
DJ Marley Marl spoke before his performance, telling the young adults present about how he became successful, and how it all started with an internship at WBLS radio in the city.
“I was lucky. I was lucky enough to have a job that I love,” he said. “I love making music, I love DJing, and it’s my job. So make sure when you pick a profession for your life, make sure it’s something that you love.”
A full list of the month’s events can be found here.