*The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards has announced its class of 2012 inductees, which includes legendary DJ’s, artists, groups, producers, dance crews, graffiti artists and films that define hip hop music and cultural history predating 1985.
The class of 2012 includes Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Sugar Hill Gang, Mercedes Ladies, Chief Rocker BusyBee, Funky 4+1, Kurtis Blow, The Sequence, Treacherous Three, Fearless Four and Whodini.
The films “Wild Style” and “Graffiti: Style Wars Documentary” were also chosen, as were dance crews The Nig*a Twins and RockSteady Crew; and DJs DJ Hollywood, Lovebug Starski, DJ AJ, Mr. Magic and Grandwizard Theodore.
The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Induction Ceremony and Concert will take place in November in NYC. It will feature a week of special events and community outreach activities, including unveiling the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum, proposed Exhibits & Attractions, Historical Tours, the All-Star Concert Series, a Hip Hop History Panel discussion on C-SPAN, VIP Mixer, Red Carpet Event, and Pre Event and Post Event Party celebrations.
*Legendary female rapper Roxanne Shante is walking in the 2010 Making Strides Walk Against Breast Cancer, taking place in Newark, New Jersey to celebrate her recent victory over the disease, reports Allhiphop.com.
Her former rap rival Kangol Kid will walk in the memory of his manager Shaunda Lumpkin’s mother, Gay Frances Lucas (“Mama Luke”), who succumbed to the disease on Memorial Day.
Sugar Hill Gang, K7, Lords of the Underground, NYOIL, Bow Legged Lou, Full Force, Freedom Williams, Notorious B.I.G.’s daughter T’yanna Wallace, DJ Diamond, Joe Ski Love and others will also participate in the walk, which is scheduled for Oct. 17 at 8:30 a.m. at Military Park.
*Justin Timberlake appeared on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” last night (Sept. 29) to promote his new film “The Social Network” when the two ended up busting out a medley of hip-hop classics.
Starting with Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight,” the duo rolled through the Beastie Boys “Paul Revere,” Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s “Nuthin’ But a G Thang” and included such new school favorites as Eminem’s “My Name Is,” Missy Elliott’s “Work It” and T.I. featuring Rihanna, “Live Your Life” — all backed by house band The Roots.
The pair even added the proper choreography for Digital Underground’s “Humpty Dance” and the “Soulja Boy” dance. They ended by running into the audience for a group chorus of Jay-Z’s and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind.”