Washington D.C. – Hip Hop has continued to fight for recognition since its infancy stages. The Senate chambers made history on Thursday (July 29) when they passed a resolution recognizing August 11 as national Hip Hop Celebration Day in the United States.
In addition to August 11 serving as Hip Hop Celebration Day, S.Res.331 officially designates August 2021 as Hip Hop Celebration Month and November 21 as Hip Hop History Month. The vote was passed with unanimous consent.
By unanimous consent, the Senate passed S.Res.331 (A resolution designating August 11, 2021, as ‘‘Hip Hop Celebration Day’’, designating August 2021 as ‘‘Hip Hop Recognition Month’’, and designating November 2021 as ‘‘Hip Hop History Month’’)
— Senate Periodicals (@SenatePPG) July 30, 2021
This is the first official Hip Hop recognizance from the U.S. Senate of its kind. On the other hand, local governments have recognized rappers with their own days on numerous occasions.
Following his tragic passing in April, DMX was honored by the New York State Senate with December 18 being named Earl “DMX” Simmons Day.
NYS Senate has declared DMX's birthday, December 18th, "Earl DMX Simmons Day" 🙏 pic.twitter.com/xxpDv8Iktl
— HipHopDX (@HipHopDX) April 25, 2021
Earlier in July, during his Donda listening party inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Kanye West was presented with a special plaque backstage announcing that July 22 would forever be known as Kanye West Day in the city of Atlanta.
Other rappers to receive their own day include Travis Scott, Mac Miller, J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa, Bun B, Pharrell, Diddy, Trae Tha Truth, Rick Ross and more.