For Immediate Release
July 24, 2007
Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino has announced that the city's fourth annual Peace 2007 Hip Hop Fest, a free outdoor Hip-Hop Festival, will take place on Saturday, August 4, from 4 – 8pm on City Hall Plaza, featuring headliners Slick Rick, The Ruler and De La Soul. "Hip Hop is a powerful part of youth culture today and I want to ensure that the movement's positive, peace-promoting voices are heard by the Boston community. Peace 2007 Hip Hop Fest focuses on the positive messages this music genre has to offer and I invite everyone to join us," said Mayor Menino.Widely regarded as one of hip hop's most creative groups, De La Soul has remained fresh and everlasting while hip hop has changed dramatically since their introduction to the music industry. De La Soul has often been synonymous with total artistic expression since the group released its stellar debut album, "Three Feet High and Rising" (1989). The show will co-feature Slick Rick, The Ruler also known as MC Ricky D, he is a rapper from The Bronx. He is recognized by his characteristic eye patch and is best known for a series of rap recordings during the 1980's, including "Children's Story" and "La Di Da Di." Other performers include East Coast beat boxer "The Human Orchestra" aka Kenny Muhammad, and local acts Akrobatik, Omega Red, Ms. Aquarius, 4 Peace, 3 4 Da Stripes, Frankie Wainwright, Sullee and Golden Brown. Also performing will be the winners of Essence Magazine and Berklee College of Music's "Take Back the Music" contest: Justin "Jae Guttah" McGibbon, Nicholas "Phantom" Garcia, and Jacob "Icee Jake" Bragg. Peace 2007 Hip Hop Fest is produced by the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events and sponsored by Scion, and Metro Boston. The Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events is responsible for advancing the arts, tourism and culture in the city of Boston by providing advocacy, support, promotional and technical assistance, and by producing special events and public celebrations that reflect the city's rich diversity.