Old School Hip Hop Festival Rings In 2017 With MC Lightfoot, Doug E.Fresh,Juvenile,Scarface,Mistical and more.

 By: Isabelle Doll Ngcobo

Photo credit: zeriba Media

Atlanta lNew Years Eve 2016 _ Hip Hop fans   toasted the new year in , reliving the  good old hip hop  days by attending the  Old School Hip Hop Festival held  at the Phillips Arena  in downtown Atlanta. Breaking  out their  selfie sticks  to  make some Instagram and Vine-worthy moments in the ATL  using Lil John’s Atlanta anthem “Turn down for what”

 Hosted by  Award-winning  comedian, MC Lightfoot, the New Year’s Eve Old School Hip Hop Festival, at Philips Arena, in Atlanta, GA  brought together many of this genre’s greates– Scarface, 8 Ball & MJG, Pastor Troy, Juvenile, Mystikal, Trick Daddy, Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane, Doug E. Fresh, and Jalil & Ecstasy of Whodini. 

Reigning  supreme were the headliners for the Old School Hip Hop Festival and still  at the top of their game, Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick’ who’s collaboration kept attendees on their feet as they took the screaming fans  through their high number of classic hits (“Children’s Story” – woohoo), body of work, and on to La Di Da Di”  as  Doug  E.Fresh  the first   beatboxed  rapper  showed off his unique rapping abilities ,freestyle versatility and prowess , accuratey  imitating  drum machines and various other special effects using just his mouth, lips, gums, throat, tongue, and a microphone while dancing his signature dance moves ‘the ” Dougie” with Slick Rick’s  eclectic vocals. .Arguably the best performance  of the night by the duo ending 2016 with a heck of a finale. and ringing in 2017.

Pastor Troy with his signature championship belt and high energy , opened up the festival  with tremendous impact  and set the tone for a night not easily forgotten by those who attended. Performing fan favorites such as “Vice Versa” from his fourth studio album, Face Off.  Pastor-Troy-InDaHouseMedia-Photo-Jerome-Dorn.jpg

Big Daddy Kane wowed concert-goers with the skills that has placed him on some of the most highly regarded industry lists.  The legendary lyricist who has enjoyed several notable collaborations (Jay Z, Ice Cube, Heavy D, Patti LaBelle, Quincy Jones) and gold albums added his musical rays to the venue’s energy with hits like “Smooth Operator”     

His peers expertly handled the passed musical baton and ensured that the collective energy.only.got.higher as they owned the stage and their respective sets. 

 Trick Daddy delighted the crowd with his 2001 hit, “I’m a Thug” which reached #17 on the Billboard Hot 100.  Veteran and “I am Hip-Hop” (BET Hip Hop Awards) award recipient,

 Scarface took attendees on a wonderful musical journey with his hits.  His most successful single, “Smile” from his fourth album, The Untouchable and “Mind Playin’ Tricks ’94” from his third studio album, The Diary, were interwoven with other fan-faves.  Mystikal’s set wouldn’t be complete without “Danger (Been So Long)”, from his fourth album, Let’s Get Ready, which had peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, and #3 on the Hot Rap Singles.  As with all of his musical peers, he wished ATLiens, in attendance, a happy new year but unapologetically (and with a smile) gave a shout-out to his fellow New Orleans natives.

Jalil and Ectasy of Whodini worked the stage as they have since splashing on to the scene over 30 years ago with “Friends” and “One Love” while 8Ball & MJG’s Billboard charting and other hits added nicely to the exciting essence of the festival.  Juvenile perfectly set the stage for the festival closers as he moved around further enlivened by attendees who reminded him of why “Slow Motion” hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.  Singing along with the Southern hip-hop veteran, there was no turning back as festival highlights were noset to become wonderful year-end memories.

The Old School Hip Hop Festival revealed what a compelling and gripping effect the culture of hip hop had and still have on the music industry.

Hip hop fans who missed the New Year’s Eve festivities have more chances to catch the Old School Hip Hop Festival on Feb. 14th in Lousville, KY and April 14th, in Columbus, GA!  To find out more about this tour and the Legends of Southern Hip Hop one, please visit  www.hiphoplegends.com

Photo Credits: Zerib Media

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