The 13th annual installment of Hip-Hop in the Park happens tomorrow, May 2nd, at People's Park on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley. The free afternoon event, organized by Students for Hip-Hop, is a throwback in many ways: it's reminiscent of both the the Free Speech Movement era (not surprising, since that period is when the park was given its moniker), and the old-school days of hip-hop in the Bronx, when park parties and block parties were common occurrences.
As always, Hip-Hop in the Park celebrates all of hip-hop's "elements"--not just emceeing, but DJing, graffiti writing, and b-boying--and in addition to live performances and breakdance ciphers, there will be live painting during the event. The lineup includes Blu & Exile, the Bayliens, Bayonics, Bambu, J-Boogie, Da Magic Foolbus, and Rising Asterisk - not bad at all for a free show. Lace up those Adidas Superstars, hop on BART, and come on down to People's Park for this sureshot guaranteed to rock a block.