This yr, the Harlem music competition documented in Questlove’s directorial debut Summer Of Soul is returning and can truly be a year-long affair celebrating the historical past and tradition of the New York neighborhood and its affect. Whereas the Harlem Festival Of Culture will largely happen in July, a sequence of associated occasions will kick off this month with a live performance on the legendary Apollo Theater headlined by rap icon Lil Kim.
The Soar Off With Lil Kim And Mates is billed for January 26, which is by the way the Apollo’s 89th anniversary. Yvonne McNair, the Harlem Pageant Of Tradition’s co-founder and expertise producer, stated in an announcement, “As we ready to begin on this street to the launch of the competition, we realized that this was additionally a milestone yr for hip-hop and knew that our first main occasion out of the gate needed to be particular and focus on hip-hop and R&B.”
“One of many tenets of HFC’s mission is to have a good time and protect the cultural contributions of the Black Diaspora in music, media, artwork, trend, and leisure. Hip-hop tradition has touched each single a part of society, and there’s no artist that higher represents its far-reaching affect than Lil Kim. We’re so thrilled that Kim will assist us curate the night to deliver a full, one-of-a-kind music expertise to audiences within the metropolis the place all of it started. We’re additionally excited to launch this occasion and our competition journey with our companions.”
“Apollo was like my yard,” stated Kim herself. “I performed there a lot and each time it was all the time love. The gang is all the time wonderful!”
Over the previous yr, Kim’s affect has turn into extra obvious than ever, as successors to her raunchy rap legacy like Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion talked about collaborating along with her, and even Nicki Minaj acknowledged her affect.