Thousands of people partied deep into the night Friday as part of an all-star Bronx bash celebrating 50 years of hip-hop, featuring trailblazers including Run-DMC, Nas, Lauryn Hill and Snoop Dogg.

The pops were on lock and the joy absolute at a packed Yankee Stadium, where New Yorkers and tourists alike commemorated five decades of the music whose vast influence irrevocably shook the culture.

"I didn't know how monumental it was gonna be growing up," said Kiesha Astwood, 50, who, like hip-hop, was born in 1973 and on Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx.