by Najja Parker, Jet
When you think of Chicago rappers, Kanye, Common and Lupe probably come to mind. But what do you know about the Chi-Town hip-hop legends? De’Andre Hawthorne and D. Coney, best known as Blaq Ice and Jay the Magnificent One, put their heads together to organize the first-ever Legends of Chicago Hip-Hop Reunion.
The spearheads called on break dancers, graffiti artists, turntablists, sound engineers and, of course, rappers from over 30 years to celebrate in Hayes Park. The unification was created not only to honor those who’ve paved the way, but also to “re-capture the fertile imagination of the sometimes violent nature of Chicago youth.”
Hawthorne and Conley hope to encourage reunions in cities across the nation. In the meantime, check out how the legends celebrated in Chicago.