In conjunction with Saint Paul Hello’s monthly Welcome Hat event, the Hip Hop showcase corresponds with the release of the Culture Hip Hop Vol. 1 compilation album which features a diverse mix of local favorites such as Guante, Sean Anonymous, Greg Grease, Maria Isa, Chance York, Crescent Moon, Phillip Morris, Nsikak, Judah Boi and David Maxwell. From the support of the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, the compilation was created under the direction of Minneapolis multi-instrumentalist Marcus Kar in hopes of presenting the varying styles within the Twin Cities Hip Hop community.
In the showcase itself will be headlined by Ill Chemistry’s poet, Desdamona and the front man of the Crunchy Kids, Chance York with special surprise appearances. To accompany the music, the evening will also feature new work from Rogue Citizen. Previous shows have nurtured curiosity by educating interested parties how to get involved in various elements as well as discussions of political activism.
The Culture Hip Hop Showcase will run from 6pm until 10pm at the Minnesota History Center located at 345 Kellogg Blvd in downtown St. Paul. There is no cost for admission and is open to all ages.