South Florida Rappers Join The Revolution

Performers Showcase Lyrics and Beats at Local Venue

Oct. 10 marked the Delray Arts Garage’s tri-monthly Hip-Hop Revolution, a night of live performances by rappers, hip-hop dancers and graffiti artists from all over south Florida. 

“Every expression of art represents a diversity of cultures and experiences. When we provide our community the opportunity and access to arts programming, we create a vehicle for transformation – for individuals, for communities and for the globe,” states the Arts Garage about their vision. 

Living up to their word, the venue’s Hip-Hop Revolution brought together five rap artists, hip-hop dancers and live graffiti artists from across south Florida to share their art with the world. The event was hosted by Miramar, Fla. based rapper and recording artist Marnino Toussaint, and Kyle Holder of Smooth Bounce Entertainment was the DJ. Among those performing were ID Un4getable, Lacy, Jakaria, 1Legend and 1Hot, in order of appearance.

“There’s been a lot of pressure in my life, but still I stand,” remarked Delray’s very own 1Legend prior to starting his first song of the night. “There’s been a lot of disappointment in my life, but still I stand.” 

From its rise into the music scene in the 1970s, rap and hip-hop artists have commonly popularized rags-to-riches testimonies in the lyrics of their songs. However, this approach is often connected to aiding individuals in their process of getting out of bad situations, both mentally and physically, and into better ones through the implementation of positive imagery. It is no wonder why rappers, such as 1Legend who lost his daughter last year, view writing and performing their music as a therapeutic release.

“It’s hard to find people who are willing to take you seriously, but it’s important to come out, work and perfect the performance,” said Student Rapper Joebediah.

Many up-and-coming artists, including rappers and hip-hop musicians, share this sentiment. The road to fame, fortune and recognition is not an easy one. However, there are worse places to pursue rap as a career, with the likes of Denzel Curry, Kodak Black and XXXTentacion all hailing from south Florida.

The next Hip-Hop Revolution will happen on Jan. 9. To be considered, contact ethan@artsgarage.org. Participants must be 21+ only.

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