E-Town brings out the block: Hip Hop in the Park 2014 [Review]
Edmonton, AB – On May 31, the Hip Hop in the Park foundation brought us the seventh instalment of Edmonton’s Hip Hop in the Park Festival. This year the foundation took a new spin on the vibe of the annual event – by hosting a block party in the parking lot of the Naked Cyber Café. The hip-hop gods were watching over us that sunny Saturday afternoon; the hot weather made for a perfect day to kick-off the summer season and celebrate all the elements of YEG hip-hop.
This year – the event seemed to draw a smaller crowd compared to the Louise McKinney Park (which was the usual spot in past years). However, the turnaround of people coming in and out was consistent throughout the event. We were graced with performances from the likes of E-City Entertainment, Meeko G, Arlo Maverick, Moto, Muta Tao, Def in it, Parab Poet, The Hip Hop Hippies, Ras Bee, Raw by Design, Coli Con, Party Quest Crew, Theft Unda 5, Doobyis, MC Freedom, C.E.O., Brothers Grim, Lovely, Jaze Dubya, and the Liberators. It didn’t just end at the stage either; face painting, henna tattoos, local graffiti artists, and a showcase of Bboys and Bgirls were all on deck. To top that off – the foundation provided a free BBQ.
Inside the café – patrons were able to cool off with a drink, a lil’ air conditioning, and some breakin’ on the side. I myself took a small break from the heat, pulled up a chair and watched a couple of Bboys do their thing on the hardwood. A big highlight of the afternoon was an appearance by MC, Tera aka Mr. Indigenous (accompanied by DJ Rob Shaker) who travelled 30 hours from Australia to be part of this event. I’ll be honest – until Saturday afternoon I had never heard of Tera – but I definitely hear him now. He gave us a stellar performance that got the crowd head-nodding and two-stepping.
In a nutshell, it was nothing but good spirits and positive vibes for Hip Hop in the Park 2014. A huge shout out goes to the Hip Hop in the Park Foundation, all of the performers, and everyone who rolled through on May 31. In order for hip-hop to thrive in Edmonton – we have to start by supporting our own community. Let’s continue to celebrate the movement!
Photography by Rosa Jason
Tags: Arlo Maverick, Brothers Grim, C.E.O., Coli Con, Def in it, Doobyis, E-City Entertainment, Edmonton, Hip Hop In The Park, Jaze Dubya, Lovely, MC Freedom, Meeko G, Moto, Parab Poet, Party Quest Crew, Ras Bee, Raw by Design, The Hip Hop Hippies, The Liberators, Theft Unda 5, YEG