Date/Time: Saturday, April 18th, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Place: 1700 Block of Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201
General Admission: Free
We are extremely excited to partner up with Love, Peace, and Hip Hop once again to bring back Columbia’s Hip Hop Family Day to the 2015 festival schedule. Indie Grits celebrates all the hidden gems of southeastern creative culture–Hip Hop Family Day is no exception to this. The event is a day full of family-friendly music and activities focused on hip hop culture: its history, its importance, and its ability to empower listeners of all ages.
“These artists are going to bring an internationally diverse glimpse of hip-hop to Columbia,” said Darius Johnson, aka FatRat Da Czar, festival organizer. “From hip-hop’s roots in New York, to the “Dirty South”, to the worldwide evolution and growth of the art form, we’ll have it all for you at Columbia’s Hip-Hop Family Day.”
Nice & Smooth is a duo from New York who released four albums in the 80s and 90s. Their biggest radio hit was “Sometimes I Rhyme Slow…” in 1991. Monie Love is a female English emcee who was one of the first BritHop artists to be signed and distributed worldwide by a major record label. Her biggest U.S. hit was “It’s a Shame (My Sister)” in 1990.
Big Gipp from the Goodie Mob is a rapper from Atlanta; as a member of the legendary Goodie Mob, they released four socially conscious hip-hop albums that rose to critical and commercial success. Big Gipp is one of the key artists that attributed to the rise of the hip-hop scene in Atlanta and has collaborated with some of the biggest names in hop-hop including Outkast, Nelly, Ali, Jermaine Dupri, Three 6 Mafia, Ludacris and the Wu Tang Clan.
“This festival mission is to educate Columbia about the hip-hop culture,” said Sherard Duvall, festival organizer. “Hip-hop is rooted in family, education, giving back to the community, discourse, and community engagement and our headliner artists live and breathe this culture.”
Non-Stop Hip Hop Live’s co-CEO’s are Kingsley “Kingpin” Waring and the Nickelodeon Theatre’s very own Sherard “Shekeese” Duvall–Director of the Helen Hill Media Education Center. They describe Non-Stop Hip Hop as an organization “dedicated to shining a light on the Columbia/South Carolina Hip Hop community; ensuring support from both locally owned and nationally based businesses that assist the upward movement of Hip Hop culture locally and throughout the world.” Hip Hop Family Day has proven to do just that, as well as being a creative and fun celebration for the whole family.
The Indie Grits Film Festival is ready for more love, peace, and hip-hop! So come on down!
Stay tuned for more announcements in 2015!