Hip-Hop in the Park: Marking its 16th year in Berkeley

Funk, hip-hop, soul music, graffiti artists, breakdancers and pop-lockers: it was all at People's Park on Saturday. All photos: Tefari Casas

By Tefari Casas

Hip-Hop in the Park celebrated its 16th year in Berkeley on Saturday. Organized by Students for Hip-Hop, the annual festival held in People’s Park showcases the various elements of Hip-Hop culture.

Graffiti artists decorated large canvases on the southern lawn and, on the basketball court, DJs played 1970s funk and soul music to a gathering of breakdancers and pop-lockers that spanned three
generations. Local independent rappers moved a steadily growing crowd, and the Bay Area’s own Gift of Gab and Los Angeles emcee Dumbfoundead finished the show and brought the whole park to its feet.

To find out about more events in Berkeley, visit Berkeleyside’s Events Calendar. We also encourage you to submit your own events.

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