The Roots’ Black Thought Writes A “Love Letter To Hip-Hop” To Celebrate Its 50th Anniversary

The Roots’ Black Thought shared a written verse, “Love Letter To Hip-Hop” on BET. The love letter is Black Thought’s way of thanking hip-hop in honor of the genre’s official 50th anniversary.

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Legendary Philadelphia and Roots rapper Black Thought shared a written verse on his Instagram dedicated to hip-hop’s 50th anniversary. 

Black Thought, who has worked with many hip-hop icons such as Public Enemy and Nas, released his written verse and video on, where fans could see the full video.

In the opening line, he described the early stages of hip-hop as dancing and rhythm, which played akin to the genre’s origin.

“The band made us clap our hands. What came after was the scratch from the grand wizards and grandmasters,” he rapped, referencing DJs and house parties.

Hip-hop was born at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx, at a block party in 1973.

Hip-Hop = Unity

Black Thought also rapped about the meaning and impact of hip-hop, including its influence on Black culture, fashion trends, and the inspiration of one generation to the next. 

“To end the gang wars is what we started this thing for,” Black Thought rapped in his verse, referring to the origins of hip-hop and the true meaning behind it, which is unity rather than separation. 

Another prominent hip-hop figure that added to the celebration of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary is legendary producer DJ Premier, who dropped the album Hip Hop 50 Volume 1 in July 2022. Notable events such as 2022’s Rock The Bells fest hosted by iconic rappers LL Cool J and Ice Cube had performances by Fat Joe, Remy Ma, The Diplomats, N.O.R.E., and others.

The event’s focal point was to unite hip-hop with acts that have made the genre thrive before the genre’s 50th anniversary.

The Biggest Moments From The 65th Annual Grammy Awards

The 65th Annual Grammy Awards was highlighted with several notable events. 
Some of the biggest moments included a heartfelt tribute to the late Migos rapper Takeoff by fellow rapper Quavo and a star-studded tribute to the 50th anniversary of hip-hop.