When: Sat., May 3, 12 p.m. 2014
This weekend, for the eighteenth year in a row, UC Berkeley students will host a free hip-hop concert in People’s Park (2556 Haste St., Berkeley) — and this year’s lineup is particular strong. Headliners Souls of Mischief pioneered a laid-back, stoned West Coast sound more than twenty years ago and will soon release their sixth album, There Is Only Now, a sample-free collaboration with Los Angeles beatmaker Adrian Younge. Also on the lineup: Oakland jazz-classical-hip-hop artist Kev Choice; former Conscious Daughters emcee Carla “CMG” Green; Santa Cruz-based experimental hip-hop group Boostive; and female emcee MADlines, whose sultry neo-soul vibe and bouncy, reggae-infused beats are easy to groove to. The event will showcase the four fundamental elements of hip-hop — DJing, breakdancing, emceeing, and graffiti — and, of course, food trucks.