By JahJah Shakur
This is the 40th year Anniversary of Hip Hop as an international Culture. The Lincoln Park 8th Annual Music Fest gave credence to local artist by having them perform in huge numbers this year. Independent artist began the concert with the youngest artist of the day rocking the house, King Nahh who is just 7 years old. King Nahh performed for an enthusiastic crowd who enjoyed his music and his energetic performance. This young Hip Hop artist is a rapper who gives hope to the next generation of Hip Hoppas. Hosted by INAWORDFAb and Newark Illustrated, BIG7
Various types of artist from the New Jersey underground and independent artist scene performed to the delight of their local fan base. Stop Shootin Music, Hastyle, Drift,Wiz, Dot Com, Fraz, Nite, Black Berry Molasses, All Mentalz, Crowd Control, and a plethora of other diverse local artist from the greater Newark, N.J. metropolitan area performed their hearts out this day. Battle rapper Shotgun Shug and Arsonal flipped words like the wordologist that they are as the younger fans were wowed and new artist sensation Kazzie Pop had heads nodding to his base booming music from his new single on a major label single deal he just received from E1 Music Group formerly Koch Records.
New Jersey College party King and Hot 97 D.J. Wallah had the crowd on their feet dancing with some of the biggest club music hits. He had the audience shaking and moving to the rhythm of house music classics that has rocked N.J. clubs for more than 20 plus years. Local and National Hip Hop promoter Big 7 got the crowd jumping when he came to the stage to host a segment of the concert. He gave out free promotional items from his company, Newark Illustrated. He announced Newark homegrown Hip Hop duo The Artifacts to do some of their memorable hits from the 90’s and the crowd rapped their lyric word for word with them.
The crowd went crazy when Hip Hop radio and former MTV personality jock Ed Lover came to the stage rapping classic Hip Hop tunes as the music played in the background. Classic Hip Hop was appreciated all day long as Ed Lover set the atmosphere for its acceptance for the Hip Hop enthusiastics who came to hear and see their favorite artists. New Jersey and Newark native Rah Digga gave the audience some classic Flip Mode Squad hits as well as some new music to look forward to enjoying. Poker Dot wearing R&B rapper Kwame blessed the stage along with Das effects with their fast passed lyrical word play.
Video Music Box’s Uncle Ralph McDaniels hosted the next segment. This is the 30th year commemoration of Video Music Box and the crowd gave this soul brother love and appreciation for his contribution to the Kulture of Hip Hop. The Sugar Hill Gang performed their 1979 classic Rappers Delight song as old and new fans alike were delighted. Jay-Z producer, engineer, and D.J. Young Guru set the stage straight with Real Hip Hop music that had everyone reminiscing of Hip Hop music that made us all feel so good. N.J. Congressman Donald Payne Jr., Mayoral candidates Southward Councilman Ras Baraka, Shavar Jeffries, and Northward Councilman Anibal Ramos came to support the event. Central Ward Councilman Darrin Sharif gave a city resolution in support of the event. Newark Mayor and U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker came and gave a city Proclamation.
Artist Jerry Gant and Jahmane from Stanford , Culture Lab created live art using vintage album covers and vinyl records.
The 8th Annual Lincoln Park Hip Hop Music Fest was invigorating and refreshing. This year’s concert and the entire music festival was a huge success. SuSu Stewart produced the Hip Hop Fest and it was co-produced by 211 Media Group and N.J. Hip Hop artist Dupre Kelley from the Hip Hop group Lords of the Underground. Mr. Kelley and Redman was the co-host of the event. They did not perform as it began to pour down raining. M.O.P was engaging the crowd with their hard thumping sound but the rain ended their set. Hip Hop celebrated itself in style this year.