Part celebration, part awards show, and part awesome party, Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball II promises to be a lot of things, but what it truly hopes to be, and has the hashtag to prove it, is the #dopestballever.
Created by Russell Simmons and Zach McDaniels, Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball II is a celebration of hip-hop's contributions to popular culture and the 2012 election. Scheduled to make an appearance at the party are 2 Chainz (click here for his Birthday Song music video), John Legend, Eva Longoria, Swizz Beatz, Pharrell Williams, Jadakiss, Brandy, LOS, Tank, Lance Gross, 9th Wonder, and Raheem DeVaughn.
Hip-hop violinist Damien Escobar from the group Nuttin but Stringz (from America’s Got Talent) will perform, as will Meek Mill and Marsha Ambrosius (formerly of Floetry). Charles “Roc” Dutton and Jadakiss will give the audience a special preview of their new movie “Must Be the Music.”
Lifetime Achievement honoree MC Lyte will be honored with a special tribute performance by fellow ladies of hip-hop Yo-Yo, Smooth, and Lil Mama. The legendary Doug E. Fresh will also receive a Lifetime Achievement award. Unfortunately, that award does not include a performance of Kate Upton doing the Dougie, which is a brushing your hand over your head move created by none other than Doug E. Fresh.
Among other things going at the ball, Rosario Dawson will accept an award on behalf of VOTO LATINO, a non-partisan organization she co-founded to bring more diversity to the political process. Also, a special recognition will be given to honor Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Hip-Hop Summit Action Network President, and his work as a mentor and advocate within the hip-hop community and for his life-long commitment to the Civil Rights Movement. The governor of North Carolina recently pardoned him and ten others who were falsely convicted and imprisoned for arson in the historic “Wilmington Ten” case.