“A Hip Hop 50th Celebration of Jersey’s Finest” Features Treach, Queen Latifah & More

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An elite lineup of the Garden State’s greatest superstars joined forces on-stage for a once-in-a-lifetime episode of the iconic music series taped at the historic Newark Symphony Hall.

On Dec 7, MTV announced the world premiere of “MTV Unplugged Presents: A Hip Hop 50th Celebration of Jersey’s Finest.”

The lineup includes NJ’s greatest superstars, including Queen Latifah (executive producer), Wyclef Jean, Redman, Treach, Poor Righteous Teachers, Heather B, and hip hop pioneers The Sugarhill Gang. Emmy winner Adam Blackstone is set as the musical director.

The special is the latest in a string of MTV projects honoring Hip-Hop 50. Back in September, the network spotlighted hip-hop at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards. Countless hip-hop stars graced the stage to perform their latest hits, several female rappers — Ice Spice, Nicki Minaj and Latto.

The new show premieres on Thursday, December 14th at 9PM ET/PT on MTV. BET will encore the special on Friday, 12/15 on BET and Tuesday, 12/19 on VH1, at 8 PM ET/PT respectively.