Rakim / EPMD / FunkMaster Flex
Central Park Mainstage (mid-park, 72nd St., Manhattan)
“Salute to Hip-Hop” Presented in Association with Globe Star Media.
Join SummerStage as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Rakim’s iconic album, Paid in Full which has garnered praise from outlets such as Rolling Stone, who has deemed it, “the greatest hip-hop album of all time.” Few artists have had as great an impact on the development of hip-hop as Rakim. Recognized as one of the “Masters of the Microphone,” Rakim first exploded onto the scene with the release of the iconic single, “Eric B. is President” which showcased his intricately intellectual lyrics.
EPMD is famed as one of the pioneers of hip-hop. Their debut album, Strictly Business, topped the R&B chart, as did their follow-up, Unfinished Business. They continued releasing hits such as “It’s My Thing” and “You Gots to Chill,” which showcased their talent and stylistic delivery over minimal beats. EPMD revolutionized rap as they took listeners on “a funky joy ride through a gangster-fantasy universe,” according to Rolling Stone magazine.
For more than a decade, DJ Funkmaster Flex has reigned as America’s number one hip-hop radio personality and reaches more than two million listeners a week on his radio show. Join Funkmaster Flex as he hosts Salute to Hip-Hop, a nationwide series of concerts that celebrates hip-hop and honors the generations of artists that have shaped it and carry on its influence today.