Hip-Hop State Of Mind: Celebrating 50 Years of Hip-Hop

On August 11, 1973, the world was forever changed. Hip-Hop was born. The place was 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, the Bronx, New York, USA. The event was a “back to school jam” birthday party hosted by Clive Campbell AKA DJ Kool Herc.

50 years on, Hip-Hop has grown to become a global cultural force. Today, it’s influence is not only felt in music, but in everything from fashion to marketing to politics.

On Bounce, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hip-Hop by looking at all the ways it has changed culture and music. Throughout the year we will feature some of Hip-Hops OG’s in revealing interviews and look at how the current generation is redefining the genre.

About TL Cross | Back to School | Black Music Month | When Did You Fall In Love With Hip-Hop?Artist Profiles | Community Spotlight



Host and Narrator


TL Cross

TL Cross is an award-winning producer/songwriter that has worked with an impressive roster of heavy hitters like 50 Cent, Jazmine Sullivan, Musiq Soulchild, Ghostface, Usher, P. Diddy, and many others. He has also spent the last fifteen years satiating a burning curiosity about the historic diversification of the Black experience.

Notable celebrity interviews include Chuck D of Public Enemy, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of Run-DMC, Jimmy Jam, Will.i.am, Cheryl “Salt” James and Kenny “The Jet” Smith of NBA Inside Edition.

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Black Music Month - Featured Artist



Raised by a single mother in a home with 4 other siblings, Mapy’s escape was always music. Her mother worked hard and made countless sacrifices to pay for Mapy’s violin lessons, sacrifices that weren’t lost on Mapy whose mantra was “I can not fail.”

Known as "The Violin Queen," Mapy spent many years practicing, learning, and even teaching others, and eventually, she discovered the sound she loved to make a classical instrument play was Hip Hop, Reggae and Soca.

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Video Archive 


  Back To School  

HBCU Marching Band

  Bounce continues the network's year-long "Hip-Hop State of Mind" campaign, celebrating 50 years of hip-hop. This August, we're kicking off our back to school/homecoming season with a focus on the influence of hip-hop on the HBCU marching band. From music and dance to "Battle-of-the-Band" showcases, hip-hop has and always will have a profound impact on the HBCU marching band experience.  
  Black Music Month  

Mapy Performance

  To help celebrate Black Music Month, Bounce is proud to present an exclusive performance of "Cosmic Love" by Mapy, the Violin Queen followed by an interview with her and TL Cross.    

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When Did You Fall In Love With Hip-Hop?

  In celebration of Hip-Hop's 50th year, we're asking Bounce insiders, Hip-Hop icons, and fans when they fell in love with Hip-Hop.  Check-out what they had to say...  

  Artist Profiles  

Hip-Hop State Of Mind Interviews

  Throughout the year we will feature some of Hip-Hops OG’s in revealing interviews and look at how the current generation is redefining the genre.  Artist profiles filmed at the Universal Hip Hop Museum.  

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