As promised, Hip-Hop Congress kept the spirit of hip-hop alive in La Raza park
Record high temperatures had nothing on the heat being generated by the b-boys/b-girls, MCs, DJs and graffiti artist gathered at La Raza park yesterday for the Spirit of Hip-Hop Park Jam, hosted by Hip-Hop Congress -- a multi-collegiate college group geared towards bringing hip-hop culture into communities.
Die-hard hip-hop fans live by the idea that there are four true elements of hip-hop: Deejaying, emceeing, break dancing and graffiti, and all of these elements -- which combine together to provide a true sense of unity -- were on display this past Sunday.
Rachel Romero Sean Choi (aka DJ Lazy Eyez), Hip-Hop Congress VP. View a full slideshow from the Spirit of Hip Hop Park Jam.
According to Hip-Hop Congress VP, Sean Choi -- better known as DJ Lazy Eyez -- the aim of the organization and, subsequently, the Spirit of Hip-Hop Park Jam, is to build the community and promote all aspects of hip-hop culture. Hip Hop Congress aims to bring the focus back to the elements. Mission accomplished. The park jam provided a free, family-friendly meeting of the masses.
DJ Low Key (Radio Bums, The Solution) kicks things off and set the tone early behind the decks with an assortment of some of the best breaks, which were all well received by the early attendees as they stretched and prepared to battle. As the afternoon progressed, Low Key was followed by a parade of some Denver's illest DJs: Stretch, Iz & B-Money, Cysko Rokwel, MF Kaaos (which consists of the vinyl-only toting Dj Kaaos and a live drummer) and DJ Vajra, who just so happened to bring left coast heavy hitter Othello to rock a special impromptu set.
Rachel Romero DJ Low Key. View a full slideshow from the Spirit of Hip Hop Park Jam
As the emcees held things down, the dancers literally kept the party moving with non-stop freezes, pops and locks, and a special break dancing lesson held on strangely enough, a basketball court. The court saw a lot of footwork, by the dancers, as well as an all-star pick up game with Whygee, D Tha Man and a few other familiar faces. The DJs continued to shine throughout the afternoon, inspiring every single b-boy and b-girl in the place to get down, which prompted casual passersby to stop and observe.
Rachel Romero Othello (from left), Xperiment, Whygee, Kid Hum. View a full slideshow from the Spirit of Hip Hop Park Jam