When: Sat., March 31, 8 p.m. 2018
Darryl Reed was once considered the “crack king” of Oakland. After serving 28 years in prison for nonviolent drug charges, he was granted clemency by President Obama in 2016. He wrote a book about his experiences, Weight, and created a foundation to help inner-city youth make better choices than he did. To celebrate the launch of his nationwide effort, Reed is bringing together several noteworthy artists from hip-hop’s early years. Headliner Whodini was one of the first commercially viable groups in the ’80s, bringing R&B hooks into its sound, which became standard practice in hip-hop. Their song “Friends” was huge. Supporting act Yo-Yo was one of the earliest female emcees, and she devoted much of her lyrical content to female empowerment when there weren’t many voices doing so. Also on the bill is Oakland rap legend Mistah F.A.B. and local DJ Mind Motion.