Hip-hop legends take over Main Street Columbia

Big Daddy Kane performs on stage.

Thousands of people flocked to Main Street Saturday for Columbia’s seventh annual Hip-Hop Family day, and there was absolutely no half-steppin’.

The free festival, presented by Love, Peace & Hip-Hop and the City of Columbia, featured some of the biggest names in the history of rap and hip-hop, including headliner Big Daddy Kane.

“Big Daddy Kane is of the most profound lyricists of all time, hard enough for the fellas and smooth enough for the ladies, with second-to-none showmanship,” said Love, Peace & Hip-Hop founder and executive director FatRat Da Czar. “We’d attempted to secure him for the festival two other times, but the third time is the charm.”

Saturday’s day of music, dance and art also featured some of the founding fathers of the genre:

Sugar Hill Gang, who had the first rap song to make the Billboard charts with “Rapper’s Delight” in 1979, and the Furious Five, hip-hop pioneers and members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Samuel Bolton photo.

Saturday’s festival was the culmination of four days of events organized by Love, Peace & Hip-Hop. The fun began with a Hip-Hop Bounce House Party for kids Wednesday at EdVenture. Also Wednesday, the New Wealth Lounge event at Richland Library’s main branch allowed artists, entrepreneurs and other young professionals to connect, and the Tacos and Rap event at Tapp’s Art Center wrapped up the day with food and music.

Tapp’s also hosted a kickoff event and a night of karaoke Thursday, followed by The Get Down on the Plaza Friday at Boyd Plaza outside the Columbia Museum of Art.

An after party Saturday night at Tapp’s wrapped up the weekend.

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