Capital Concert Series 2018

Capital Concert Series Featuring Big Daddy Kane

518 DJ Battle, Big Daddy Kane, Roxanne Shanté & Black Sheep
Summer of Hip Hop 50th Anniversary Celebration
Featuring Big Daddy Kane, 518 DJ Battle, Roxanne Shanté & Black Sheep
Wednesday, August 2, 2023
5:00 - 8:30 PM | FREE
Presented by Miller Lite


Event Schedule

518 DJ Battle 5:00 p.m.
Black Sheep 6:40 p.m.
Roxanne Shanté  7:10 p.m.
Big Daddy Kane 7:45 p.m.




Miller Lite




Big Daddy Kane

Big Daddy Kane is one of hip-hop’s most lyrical, diverse, innovative, trendsetting MCs. This baritone-voiced, stylish-dressing MC was the first rapper to ever hold not one but two sold-out shows at the world-famous Apollo Theater for women only. Referring to his rapid-fire, metaphoric battle rap style, Kane’s influences are Muhammad Ali, Marvin Gaye, and his rap hero Grand Master Caz of the Cold Crush Brothers, and you can clearly see the James Brown and the Famous Flames influences as well. With several gold albums, Kane has endured a long career giving us a catalog of music such as “Long Live The Kane” that features hit songs “Ain’t No Half Steppin’” and “Raw;” “It’s A Big Daddy Thing,” which features “Smooth Operator,” “Warm It Up,” and the Teddy Riley-produced hit “I Get The Job Done;” and “Taste Of Chocolate,” which features “Hard Being The Kane” and “All Of Me,” a duet with the late legendary Barry White.







Roxanne Shante


As one of rap’s first female stars, Roxanne Shanté is considered an American hip-hop pioneer. Born and raised in the Queensbridge Projects in Queens, Shanté first gained attention through the Roxanne Wars and her association with the legendary Juice Crew. She released her first single at the age of 14 titled “Roxanne’s Revenge.” She was the first female rapper to have platinum singles and gold albums.








Black Sheep


Black Sheep lyricist, artist, MC, there are so many words that can be used to define the creative force that is known as Andres “Dres” Titus. A talented hip-hop artist, Dres is known to many as one half of the iconic hip-hop group Black Sheep, a group that created one of the most notable songs of the hip-hop genre, “The Choice is Yours.”







50th Anniversary
Summer of Hip Hop

Celebration at the Plaza

This summer, we're celebrating the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop music & culture and its transformative influence here in New York & around the globe. Hosted in partnership with renowned cultural organizations including Lincoln Center and The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, the I LOVE NY Summer of Hip Hop will feature a line-up of concerts, exhibitions, performances, and other family-friendly programming across the State.
I Love NY Summer of Hip Hop

Summer of Hip Hop
518 DJ Battle

Choose Your Favorite 518 DJ!

We're kicking off the Empire State Plaza's 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop celebration with a 518 DJ Battle, hosted by DJ Show and DJ Biz of Hot 99.1FM.

Winners will be chosen by how LOUD you can clap, shout & whistle for your favorite Capital Region DJ! The finalist will perform an open set at the Black Arts & Cultural Festival on August 5.
518 DJ Battle