Intersections: 50 Years of Hip Hop & the World Trade Center

  • October 10, 2023
Black and white view of Manhattan skyline with Twin Towers at the foreground

Each season, our free public program series brings together diverse speakers who address varied aspects of the 9/11 legacy and related topics. Join us on Thursday, October 12, for Intersections, examining the often surprising connections between 9/11 and today’s world. From global industries to individual lives, the attacks marked a fundamental shift for many, altering trajectories in ways both expected and unforeseen. 

Amid one of New York City’s most tumultuous decades, 1973 saw the dedication of the World Trade Center and the birth of Hip Hop. As we look at 9/11's far-reaching impact on popular culture, we mark this twin milestone 50 years later with Dr. MC Debbie D, Hip Hop historian and pioneer MC; Chuck Creekmur, CEO of; and Rocky Bucano, Executive Director of The Hip Hop Museum. Together in conversation with Museum Director Clifford Chanin, they reflect on the history of Hip Hop, how the genre has evolved in a post-9/11 world, and how New York City and its ever-changing skyline influenced the artistic movement that now spans the globe.

By 9/11 Memorial Staff

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