The Detroit event pulls in some big names...


and Run-DMC were the star attractions at the second annual DETROIT HIP-HOP SUMMIT on Saturday (April 26).

The rap demi-Gods were joined on a panel discussing the empowerment of the hip-hop generation by Rev Run from Nas, the mayor of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick, rising rapper Obie Trice and rap figurehead Russell Simmons.

Almost 13,000 fans filed into the Cobo Center to attend the summit.

Simmons told the audience that artists such as Eminem, Nas, Jay-Z and [/a] are more loved around the world than President Bush, US Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice.

“Hip-hop is the most powerful cultural phenomenon in the world,” he said. “You are already the leaders.”

As fans attending were urged to vote in local Detroit council elections tomorrow (April 29), homeboy Eminem called for some civic pride.

“There’s a lot of talent in Detroit that hasn’t been discovered yet,” he said. “There are 10,000 of me.”

Mayor Kilpatrick added: “Detroit is a shining example as the world mecca of cultural change. In Detroit today, what we celebrate is one love, one city, one aim, one direction.”


and [a]Nas were honoured at the event. Eminem received an Outstanding Achievement Award for charitable work, such as buying winter coats for young Detroiters and his support for youth empowerment in the city. New York native Nas was presented a Heroes Award for his track ‘I Can Be What I Want to Be’, said by those presenting the gongs to be a powerfully inspiring song for young people.