Audible celebrating hip-hop’s 50th anniversary with new programming about Snoop Dogg, Lil Kim and more

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Audible is doing its part to join in on the celebration of hip-hop’s 50th birthday. Starting in June, the online audiobook and podcast service will roll out new programming about Snoop DoggLil’ KimDJ Drama and other hip-hop stars.

Kicking it off is Words + Music: From the Streets to the Suites, which will premiere on June 15. It will find Snoop as he looks back “on his coming-of-age journey from the streets of Long Beach to around the world,” which includes meeting Dr. Dre and buying Death Row Records.

On July 7, Audible will release Yasiin Bey: A Dynamic Career in Communications, which will take “listeners on a journey touching on his Brooklyn origins, faith and spirituality, as well as his creative inspirations and influences.”

Days later, on DJ Drama Presents Gangsta Grillz, the DJ will reflect on the inception, production and lasting impact of the mixtape series. The podcast drops July 13.

Finally, an untitled Audible Original breaking down Lil’ Kim’s Hardcore and her overall legacy will premiere in August.

“Hip-hop has made an indelible mark on music and culture since its inception — running the gamut from the emergence of DJs to innovation and creative artistry in sampling, dance styles, fashion, audio technology and so much more,” Audible’s Rachel Ghiazza tells Billboard. “Audible is proud to celebrate such incredible cultural influence with this lineup of new originals that both elevate and commemorate the 50-year history of this iconic genre.”

More information on Audible’s content for hip-hop’s 50th year can be found on its website.

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