After six annual Twin Cities Celebrations of Hip Hop, the three most recent of which took over First Avenue for a weekend, sponsors Yo! The Movement have scaled back the event to a single day in the Entry, citing the rising cost of insurance. They deserve thanks for those six amazing weekends, and acknowledgment that while the headliners were ace (Clipse, Slick Rick, Naughty By Nature), the best moments came as surprises from amateur rappers, dancers, DJs, and other hip-hop fame seekers. Today's event warms up with free workshops from noon to 4 p.m., then blows out into two parties, one all-ages and one 21+, each featuring hip-hop karaoke (song listings at yothemovement.org) and b-boy and krumping dance exhibitions. The lineup for both shows is proven, if heavily local: Mr. Wright (Toki Wright), Maria Isa, Trama, St. Paul Slim, Tony Bones and Big Wiz, Asian Hip-Hop Summit (from Los Angeles), Illuminous 3, Tou Saik Lee and Friends, Fres (from Milwaukee), Young Son, Naadirah, Yakub, and Profit. With DJ Snuggles and Benzilla DJing. All ages, $6, 4:30 p.m. 21+, $6, 9 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 24, 2008