Soul, Funk, R&B, & Hip-Hop

Hip-Hop in the Park

When: Sat., May 5, 12 p.m. 2012

It's no small feat that students at UC Berkeley have managed to hold free hip-hop concerts in People's Park for a decade and a half, which means the tradition of Hip-Hop in the Park started in a different era of hip-hop. At its genesis, the event was an incubator of sorts -- both for a nascent underground scene in the Bay Area, and for a nostalgia-based subculture that embraced such things as B-boy cyphers and "the five elements." Judging by this year's lineup, the annual showcase hasn't lost any steam. Dumbfoundead will co-headline with the aptly named Gift of Gab (who gained renown as the frontman of Blackalicious). Also on the bill: Jnatural, Ameish and the Society, local crews Understudies and Candlespit, and an all-woman bloc with Raw-G, Aima the Dreamer, Maya Songbird, Persia, and Coup DJ Pam the Funkstress. One of the biggest draws, of course, will be the breakdance battle hosted by Jern Eye and DJ Platurn of the Oakland Faders. Party like it's 1998. At People's Park (between Haste St. & Dwight Way above Telegraph Ave., Berkeley) on Saturday, May 5.Noon-5 p.m., free.

Rachel Swan

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