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Culture In The Flesh: The World Famous HipHop Family Day

In 2016 I wasn't able to attend HipHop Family Day because of work. I was almost in mourning from missing the festival and the headliner, KRS-One. That Monday I stopped by The Jam Room to see FatRat Da Czar and hear about how the festival went. He was busy in a recording session when I arrived, with KRS-One. I was so excited because, well ITS KRS ONE!!! I was sitting in the lounge area with DJ Kingpin and Shekeese The Beast and I don't really remember saying much. Mostly because I was practicing what I was going to say when I met KRS! My nerves were starting to take over when he came out of the studio. When it was my turn to greet him I dapped him up and said "I get to tell my friends that I shook HipHop's hand!" He responded while looking me dead in the eye:

"No, I AM shaking HipHop's hand!"

I'll never forget how affirming that statement was and it reminded of how HipHop culture changes your life when you get to experience it in the flesh.

When I was 6, MC Hammer's "Can't touch this caught my attention, along with other groundbreaking songs that came out during that time, but the culture called my name when my next door neighbor and his friends were in their garage freestyling with 2 turntables and a microphone. I'll tell that story in my next blog 😊

“Therefore, if you love Hip Hop and appreciate all that Hip Hop has done for you so far, regardless of your artistic expression, take up your broom and mop and begin the clean up of YOUR CULTURE! If you are not the desperate part of our family prove it now by taking your Hip Hop life seriously; join in on the clean up! Your reward shall be greater than anything the World can ever offer!”

— The Gospel of Hip Hop: The First Instrument by (Musician) KRS-One

I love this quote and its call to action. A way for you to "take up your broom and mop, and begin the clean up of YOUR CULTURE" is to

  1. Donate to Love Peach and HipHop (LPHH) The organization that puts on HipHop Family Day by visiting the website: or support the T-Shirt Fundraiser

  2. Encourage your friends to do the same

  3. Come celebrate!

This is an event I look forward to every year because, well, it just feels so daggone good! The pandemic put the festival on a hiatus, but its back this year and I can't wait to reunite with my HipHop Family. It's so cool seeing people from age 0 to 80 dancing to classic jams. I've seen so many legends and pioneers perform because of this festival. Kool Moe Dee, Slick Rick, Shugar Hill Gang, Big Daddy Kane, and Rakim and many more. This year's headline is THE KING of RAP, KURTIS BLOW! And guess what it's FREE! Register for your free ticket on the website


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