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The festival is thrilled to announce MC Lyte as the headliner for the 2017 event. MC Lyte will appear at the main concert on Saturday, April 9, 2016 in the Washington Room at Mather Hall, Trinity College, Hartford, CT.
First female to perform hip hop in the White House and first African American female to serve as the President of the Los Angeles chapter of the Recording Academy (Grammy Organization): these are just the first of many firsts. Lyricist, inspirational speaker, dj, pioneer, icon, veteran and entrepreneur describe one of the most prolific and well-respected female Hip Hop artists of all time: MC Lyte. She has consistently found ways to reinvent herself musically, while expanding her resume and gaining new fans. A current member of the Board of Trustees of Dillard University and reared in Brooklyn, New York, MC Lyte always has her finger on Hip Hop’s pulse. Many are familiar with her stellar music making skills, but over the course of her extensive career, MC Lyte has ventured out to other avenues that have allowed her to show the world just how talented she truly is.
A pioneer in the industry, she opened the door for future female Hip Hop artists by daring to do what had never been done while doing something she loved. MC Lyte is the FIRST rap artist ever to perform at New York’s historic Carnegie Hall, the FIRST female rapper to ever receive a gold single, the FIRST female solo rapper ever nominated for a Grammy and in 2006, MC Lyte became the FIRST solo female rapper to be honored/inducted on VH-1’s HIP HOP HONORS.
The Youth 4 Change Showcase and Graffiti Exhibition at the 12th Annual Trinity International Hip Hop Festival is now seeking hip hop dance, poetry, music and graffiti design submissions for a chance to perform or paint on Saturday, April 8, of the festival! The central theme is how do you impact your community with your art form? Main performers and graff writers should be between the ages of 13-18, but if you have younger children in your group, please still submit. Priority is given to Hartford-based artists but we are open to anyone in the region. The submission deadline is Monday, February 6, 2017 by midnight.
Submission forms are available on http://trinityhiphop.com/youth-4-change/
If you have any questions, please contact coordinators at Y4CHipHop@gmail.com
The 12th annual Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival returns to Trinity College on April 7-9, 2017.
The theme for 2017 is “U.N.I.T.Y.: Unifying Gender, Race and Class Through Hip-Hop” and will feature three days of lectures, films, workshops and panel discussions. Highlighting the event will be spoken word events, the regional talent showcase, the Friday night b-boy/b-girl battle and hip hop dance event, and the main concert on Saturday night, April 8th. Check back for the full schedule for the most up to date details.
In April 2011, the Trinity International Hip Hop Festival hosted its biggest b-boy event in its six year history! Headlining the event was a rematch from the Red Bull BC One World Championships 2010 between Boston’s El Nino and Brazil’s Neguin, who ended up taking the world champion title. The event was arranged by two of the world’s largest b-boy organizations: Mighty 4 (mighty4.tv) and Zulu Nation (local Chapter 860/Underground Coalition) along with Trinity College, Nomadic Wax and World Hip Hop Market.