Featuring Chuck D, Dr MC Debbie D and GrandMixer DXT

From its modest origins at a house party in the Bronx, hip hop has become a global phenom and the most popular music genre in the U.S. Fifty years after its creation, hip hop maintains its outsize influence on pop culture including fashion, art, jewelry, social movements and dance. 

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of hip hop, join us for a fascinating conversation  with icons and influencers. The documentary Scratch is the  springboard for our conversation. Our panelists will discuss the genre’s staying power and how the musical and dance form has evolved over the decades. What can fans expect in the next 50 years of hip hop? 

How to participate:

  1. Register here.
  2. Watch Scratch in advance at home. 
  3. Join us for a virtual panel discussion on Mon, Oct 16, at 7PM.


Bill Stephney, multi-instrumental musician and former chief executive of Def Jam Records, SOUL Records and Stepsun Music. He is also a documentary film producer, executive committee member for the Smithsonian Anthology of Hip Hop and Rap and adjunct instructor at NYU.