Meek Mill was just one of the few that was in DC for the Inaugural weekend. Here’s a behind the scenes look at his attendance at the Hip Hop Inaugural Ball and Stadium.
Good times in DC on Sunday night. Along with Miss Info and Karen Civil, I attended Russell Simmons’ second annual Hip Hop Inaugural Ball. Got to see a lot of MCs suited or tuxed out too. Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, Swizz Beatz, MC Lyte, and Doug E Fresh were among the many honorees for their service to the hip hop community and society. The event’s main sponsor, Heineken, who supports initiatives that empower consumers and inspires them to become more holistic men, proved why they’re such a premium brand with this festive and upscale celebration. Thx to them and Team Epiphany for the invitation. Pictures from the great Mel D. Cole after the jump:
During last night’s Hip Hop Inauguration Ball, Wayne Brady covered Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” while Doug E. Fresh beat-boxed. Only thing iller than this would be longer footage.
AK made her way to the piano during this evening’s Inauguration Ball. She opened up her set with “New Day” then proceeded with a special rendition of “Girl On Fire” in honor of our President. Obama on fire.
Before accepting his “Street Soldier” honor during last night’s Hip Hop Inauguration Ball at the Harman Center for the Arts in D.C., Tity Boi speaks on his contribution with the “Respect My Vote” campaign.
“I’ve been a felon since I was 15 years old, and I found out you could reinstate your votership. So … I wanted to use my platform [to] go notify [other] felons about what they can do to get their voices heard, and go out and talk about voter suppression.”
O say can you see. As Barack Obama was sworn in for his second term into office, Beyoncé closed out today’s Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol by singing “The Star-Spangled Banner”. Beautiful, B.
The show didn’t go on last night for Lupe Fiasco. Following his performance of “Words I Never Said” at an Inaugural celebration in DC, Lupe’s set was truncated. Allegedly, he was unplugged for anti-Obama lyrics, but the event organizer’s refuted the claim with this statement:
StartUp RockOn is all about startups helping startups. At Sunday night’s Inauguration Celebration at the Hamilton Live, organizers set out to honor innovative visionaries with grants, accolades and a party worthy of the success we achieved at the RNC and DNC this summer.
Lupe Fiasco performed at this private event, and as you may have read, he left the stage earlier than we had planned. But Lupe Fiasco was not “kicked off stage” for an “anti-Obama rant.” We are staunch supporters of free speech, and free political speech. This was not about his opinions. Instead, after a bizarrely repetitive, jarring performance that left the crowd vocally dissatisfied, organizers decided to move on to the next act.
The party continued as planned, and we celebrated the announcement of CodeNow’s winning the Grant Challenge. CodeNow is a non-profit startup based in Washington DC that teaches “underrepresented high school students basic skills in computer programming.