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We Love NYC! Hip-hop helps welcome NYC back outside

Ain’t no place like New York City!

words by: Kai Acevedo
Aug 31, 2021

Rain, rain go away! The rain, thunder and wind that accompanied Hurricane Henri put a damper on one of this summer’s most hyped up New York City events, We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert.


To commemorate New York City’s (sort of) return to old norms, Mayor Bill de Blasio and crew put together a series of homecoming concerts. Presented as “a celebration of New York City’s comeback” post-COVID, the We Love NYC concert went down in the world famous Central Park. However, it was interrupted due to the at-times dangerous weather.


Prior to the NYPD shutting things down, the likes of Earth, Wind and Fire, LL Cool J, Wyclef Jean, Jennifer Hudson, The New York Philharmonic and guitar god Carlos Santana performed in front of about 60,000 music-loving fans in honor of the city that never sleeps.



The Homecoming Concert, which was hosted by Gayle King and aired on CNN, was also set to feature appearances from icons like Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds to Bruce Springsteen, as well as modern stars like Polo G. Native New Yorker and music mogul ​​Clive Davis curated the all-star lineup for We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert.


We Love NYC was a part of a month-long celebration of NYC and the cultures that have helped shape the world-renowned city. New Yorkers have been treated to everything from an extended Restaurant Week to the Mannie Fresh-assisted Lets Get Fr.Ee Park Jam fest to the It’s Time for Hip Hop in NYC concert series.



The rap-centric It’s Time for Hip Hop concert series commemorated the half-century-old art form and its culture. Produced in conjunction with the Universal Hip Hop Museum, It’s Time for Hip Hop in NYC featured performances throughout the five boroughs. Legendary artists such as Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, KRS-One, Slick Rick, Kid Capri and others tore down stages from the Boogie Down Bronx to Staten Island.


“Hip Hop culture reflects the mosaic that makes NYC, with its sound coming from all genres and spanning many communities. Working in partnership with the City and others, this is our love letter to music fans from all over NYC,” read a statement from the office of Mayor de Blasio.


A sign of the times, proof of having had a COVID-19 vaccination was required for entry into all Homecoming events. Mayor de Blasio has hinted that he has considered rescheduling We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert to a later date.


Photo via Jeffrey Milstein