Photographer and documentarian, Tee Max, has been asked to select his list of top hip-hop songs for BBC Sounds and 1Xra’s Hip-Hop 50 at 50 playlist which will be revealed on Friday, August 11, 2023.

Tee Max, known for his exceptional work in capturing the essence of hip-hop culture through his lens, brings a distinct perspective to this musical celebration. Having captured with numerous hip-hop artists over the years, his selection as a judge is unsurprising as someone who has directly bore witness to the genre’s evolution and its profound impact on global music and culture.

The HipHop 50 at 50 initiative aims to commemorate the birth of hip-hop and pay tribute to the genre’s remarkable journey over the past five decades.

Listeners can tune in to a special on-demand playlist on BBC Radio Sounds on Friday, August 11, 2023, to hear the final selection and to immerse themselves in the rich history and celebration of a genre that has resonated with millions around the world.