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Although the Kitchen Tour was the first U.S. Hip-Hop Tour, the Fresh Fest Tour was the first major U.S. Hip-Hop tour

Right after the 1982 opening of The Roxy, The Kitchen Tour in 1982 with Rock Steady Crew, Fab 5 Freddy, , and DJ Spy became the first U.S. tour. The billed acts on The Kitchen Tour went to Washington, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, New York, Iowa, Chicago, Michigan, and Toronto, Canada.

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Two years after the Kitchen Tour, the 1984 Swatch Watch New York City Fresh Festival Tour happened and brought hip-hop to arenas and coliseums nationwide. The festival tour was headlined by Run-D.M.C. and hosted by Kurtis Blow. The tour billed the Fat Boys, , Newcleus, the Dynamic Breakers, Magnificent Force, Uptown Express, and more. After it’s 27 dates, the tour grossed $3.5 million, five percent of the tours earnings went to the United Negro College Fund. The success of the first Fresh fest tour made it an annual event.

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Although the Kitchen Tour was the first U.S. Hip-Hop Tour, the Fresh Fest Tour was the first major U.S. Hip-Hop tour

The last verses The Notorious B.I.G. recorded were on Puff Daddy's "Victory"

The last verses The Notorious B.I.G. recorded were on Puff Daddy’s “Victory”

Young MC was the first solo rapper to win a Grammy

Young MC was the first solo rapper to win a Grammy