by Paul Bowers
Columbia sure knows how to throw an unorthodox hip-hop festival. First they had Cola-Con, the surprisingly synergistic conference for hip-hop and comic book enthusiasts. Now there's Love, Peace, & Hip-Hop, a family day for hip-hop lovers of all ages scheduled for Sat. April 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"The folks who grew up on Run DMC, Kurtis Blow, etc., are nearing their fifties and probably don't listen to Kendrick Lamar and A$ap Rocky," says Kingsley Waring, a.k.a. DJ Kingpin, who helped organize the event. "Same way for the youth who listen to Lil' Wayne, Drake, etc. You would be hard pressed to find someone who listens to Eric B. & Rakim or even Public Enemy. Love, Peace, & Hip Hop is our way of bridging these gaps."
The free event, which will take place on the 1700 block of Main and Laurel streets in downtown Cola-town, will feature a performance by legendary Harlem hip-hop artist Kool Moe Dee, along with a bevy of South Carolina performers including Collard Green, Preach Jacobs, B Familia Muzik, and FatRat Da Czar with Grand Royal. The day will also feature B-boy dancing, graffiti demonstrations, and DJ sets.
"The entire day will be about learning the history of hip-hop culture," Waring says. So take notes.