Summer Soul Fest Salute to Hip-Hop


Past Event

Location Info:

Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA  90278
This early-evening festival harkens back to a more innocent time in rap, with a lineup of New York City legends who emerged in the heady era of the mid-1980s. Back then EPMD, Doug E. Fresh and Big Daddy Kane were wordplay artisans who made rap history with a high-stepping combination of rhymes and sunny, funky beats — a far cry from the more aggressive and violent real-world slices of life that would take over rap later in the decade on both coasts. “Big Daddy Kane is on the mic, and I’m a-tell about a minimum length, of rhymes of strength and power, so listen to the man of the hour,” Brooklyn soothsayer Big Daddy Kane wisely advises with a cool assurance on the aptly titled “Smooth Operator.” Doug E. Fresh will keep “The Show” lively, while Erick Sermon and Parrish J. Smith tag-team as EPMD.
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