Hip hop was born in New York City at a back-to-school party on August 11, 1973, according to the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop organization. To celebrate and showcase hip hop culture, ACC hosts a 50 Years of Hip Hop celebration on Friday, August 11, 2023. 

The event features a student panel and multiple performances. Performers are all from the Austin music scene, and some are ACC alumni:

  • Bavu Blakes – Scholar emcee and founder of the Hip Hop Grew Up educational agency
  • Anastasia Hera – Rap artist, songwriter, producer
  • Ben Buck – From Ben Buck Beatbox and former ACC student
  • Thalia Alaniz – DJ and former ACC student
  • Brian Malik Baptiste – Grammy Award-winning producer and former ACC student

50 Years of Hip Hop

Date: Friday, August 11, 2023
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: ACC Highland Campus, Bldg. 2000, Recital Hall

It is presented by ACC’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Center and Audio Technology & Industry Department (ATI) — formerly Music Business, Performance & Technology.

“One of the most exciting things we do in Audio Technology and Industry is to connect our students with local artists, communities, and performance opportunities,” says Paul Stautinger, ATI department chair. “The 50 Years of Hip Hop celebration is a great way to support those core goals, while also showcasing our program and our outstanding professor Ray Lamanna, who teaches our Hip Hop Production class. We hope to see you there!”

Find event information HERE.