This June, the Recording Academy and its various nationwide chapters are celebrating Black Music Month with engaging content and virtual events all month long. As part of the celebrations, the Academy is presenting several upcoming chapter-hosted events highlighting the impact of rap on music, culture and beyond.
Read on for more info on how to tune into each virtual event, and stay tuned for even more programming, events and content all month long on GRAMMY.com.
The Recording Academy’s New York Chapter will host Conversations: The History of Hip Hop in NYC, a discussion with some of rap’s most influential artists and creatives who’ll reflect on the history and influence of hip-hop music and culture on New York City.
Torae Carr will moderate the legend-filled event, which will also include Bas, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Erika Elliott, Faith Newman, Grandmaster Flash, Hank Shocklee, Jerry Wonda, Nick Cucci, Rocky Bucano, and Young Devyn.
In celebration of Pride Month and Black Music Month, GRAMMY U is hosting an in-depth conversation with futuristic rap star Rico Nasty. The rapper, singer and songwriter, who released her debut album, Nightmare Vacation, last December, is known for her eccentric, adrenaline-rushing “Sugar Trap” style, which mixes melodic sounds over hard-edged rhymes. DJ/radio personality Little Bacon Bear is moderating the panel.
Candid Conversations: Women In Rap ATL
Thursday, June 24, at noon PT / 3 p.m. ET
Watch on the Recording Academy’s Facebook page
The Recording Academy’s Atlanta Chapter is hosting Candid Conversations: Women In Rap ATL, a conversation with leading women music executives in the rap music community, including Ashaunna Ayers (Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, Jeezy), Brandra Ringo (Quality Control) and Cannon Kent Grant (Atlantic Records). Hosted in partnership with Women In Music Atlanta and the Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) team, the discussion will cover the panelists’ personal career journeys, the current state of the music industry during the pandemic, and social injustices in the U.S. WIM Atlanta’s Dina Marto will moderate the panel.