Slick Rick and Whodini Kick Off Classic Hip-Hop Concert Series Fundraiser

Legendary rap stars Slick Rick and Whodini will hit the stage for the preservation of Hip-Hop culture as they help kick off the Classic Hip-Hop concert series.

The event, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 22) at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, is the brainchild of Cold Crush Brothers affiliate Adrian "Easy AD" Harris.

The music pioneer, along with Anthony "A-tone the Hip-Hop Historian" Hovington, teamed up with Donerson Research Group, Inc. CEO Haywood Donerson, III, to present the concert as a vehicle to promote the history, culture and art of Hip-Hop.

Other performers slated to appear include rap icon Kool Mo Dee as well as Roxanne Shante and Harris’ Cold Crush Brothers group mate DJ Tony Tone.

Proceeds from the Classic Hip-Hop concert series will go towards establishing a permanent museum exhibit on Hip-Hop that will feature items and artifacts from the culture’s early days.

The event, a joint venture between Harris and Hovington’s Classic Hip-Hop LLC and Donerson Research Group, Inc., is the latest project from Classic Hip-Hop.

The company, founded in 2005, is dedicated towards preserving and promoting the positive aspects of Hip-Hop culture.

Those looking for a deeper understanding of Hip-Hop can get an up-close look at those who helped paved the way for its standing as a worldwide phenomenon, according to Harris, who will serve as host for Saturday's concert.

"We want people to come out, bring their sons and daughters to experience innovative Hip-Hop music from Classic Hip-Hop artists,” the businessman told in a statement. “Hip-Hop has come a long way and with this concert series and exhibit opening, we will help bring the culture full circle. We are not just putting on a concert but, raising the funds and awareness to bring this exhibit to life for generations to come."

In addition to the performers, international radio personality Donnie Simpson will be on hand for the show to donate his personal jacket worn in the movie Krush Groove.

The Washington DC concert will be followed by 10 shows in nine cities across the country.

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