Seventh annual Hip Hop Showcase sure to be ‘D-Nice and Smooth’est one yet

Felicia Haney | 8/27/2014, 9:47 a.m.
It’s an outdoor venue, but rain or shine, the event is set to take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. ...
Big Daddy Kane

It’s the return of the Kane

(AKRON) – Once again, the Akron Hip-Hop Showcase is closely upon us. This true school hip hop extravaganza, traditionally held Labor Day weekend – kicks off at 7 p.m. (gates open at 6) next Saturday, Sept. 6 at Lock 3, located in the heart of downtown Akron. The event pairs education with entertainment has become one of the most anticipated annual “edutainment” events in Northeast Ohio.

In the previous six years, this event has drawn close to the double digit thousands in numbers to see performers such as KRS-One, Rakim, Whoodini, Slum Village, Slick Rick Doug E. Fresh, EPMD, the Ill Style Rockers, Cleveland’s own DJ Mick Boogie, the legendary Kid Kapri, Massillon native and Maybach Music artist Stalley, MC Lyte and a host of others take to the stage. But, the long awaited return of the B-I-G-D-A-Double D-Y-K-A-N-E happens this year. That’s right; Big Daddy Kane will bless the stage for the second time in the Showcase’s history. Along for the ride this year will be Nice & Smooth, Camp Lo, Das Efx, Ed O.G. and a DJ they just call D-Nice.

The Showcase was initiated seven years ago by native Akronists Keeper’s of the Art, Inc. – a seven-man collective that strives to bring the city of Akron well-rounded positive events through the catalyst of music. With the Akron Hip Hop Showcase, Keepers of the Art, Inc. cleverly combines live entertainment with community education in order to help counter-act the negative impact that popular culture, the media and especially hip hop music is having on urban youth and their communities.

Keepers of the Art Executive Director Ismail Al-Amin commented on the versatility of the event and the group’s growth saying, “It was always our goal to provide just more than entertainment. Hip hop, when used correctly, has the power to change communities in a positive way. We want to encourage young professionals to establish themselves as mentors and role models for the city’s youth. Our goal is to also spotlight the city of Akron as a place for progressive education, entertainment, art and culture, raising awareness for various social issues and creating a platform for community organizations.”

Since its inception, the Akron Hip Hop Showcase has served as a springboard for the creation of a more appealing social environment for the city of Akron’s young professional demographic inspired by hip-hop and other urban culture.

It’s an outdoor venue, but rain or shine, the event is set to take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 at Lock 3, 200 S. Main St. in Akron. A family friendly environment for all to come out, bring the lawn chairs, shop local businesses and enjoy the show. Tickets are just $10.

For more information about the Seventh annual Keepers of the Art Music Showcase, please visit www.keepersoftheart.com.