Rep. Hakeem Jeffries Taps Jay Z’s DJ to Host ‘Hip Hip on the Hill’
DJ Clark Kent will be welcomed to this year’s ‘Hip Hop on the Hill’ fundraiser by Brooklyn-bred Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. You may remember the rising Democratic star for shouting out Biggie Smalls on the House floor.
The annual event is one of the most exclusive in D.C., playing host to some of the city’s biggest names in Washington politics including Roland Martin, Tom Manatos, Nicole Venable, Michael Hardaway, Chaka Burgess, and Angela Rye.
Hip Hop on The Hill is attended by members of Congress who grew up in the legendary hip-hop era of the 80s and 90s. We’ll see the likes of Indiana Congressman Andre Carson, New York Congresswoman Grace Meng and Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond.
This year, the event will take place at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 18 at Toro Toro, a Richard Sandoval produced Latin hideaway downtown.
Meet DJ Clark Kent
The host of the event, DJ Clark Kent is a legend in his own right.
As the story goes, Jay Z didn’t want to rap. He didn’t take rap or rappers seriously. He had other ways of making money and he rapped only to keep himself entertained and pass the time.
Then an executive at Atlantic Records, Kent convinced a young Shawn Carter to take rap seriously and record an album. Carter listened to that advice and birthed Reasonable Doubt– one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time.
That began a lifelong friendship between Jay Z and the man who connected him to some of the most important people in his career, including his business partner Damon Dash and legendary MC Notorious B.I.G., whom Kent was DJ’ing for at the time.
Kent went on to work as Jay Z’s longtime DJ and producer, having an instrumental role in some of his biggest hits. Today, Clark Kent is a DJ, producer and sneaker insider who recently teamed up with Nike to produce special limited edition Nike Air Force 1 shoes.
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