Most of the time it feels like a lot of our regional music festivals overlook hip-hop in their line-ups. But not Hangout.
This year the masterminds behind the fest really stepped up their game and booked a little something for just about everybody—including hip-hop heads. And even their choices within that genre are pretty diverse. They’ve got old school icons (Public Enemy), and a super-hyped up-and-comer (Kendrick Lamar), a pop-star duo (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) and respected hit-makers who moonlight as TV stars (The Roots).
Hip-hop’s first and pretty much only legitimate band—that’s one way to describe the Roots. Another way is Grammy-award winning. Another is Jimmy Fallon’s house band. But no matter how you describe them or where you know them from, you can’t deny the talent and staying power of these neo-soul/hip-hop heroes.
Saturday, 4:45 – 6 p.m., Chevrolet Stage
Part of the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class and only the fourth hip-hop act ever let in that illustrious club, Public Enemy are icons by just about all standards. Seeing Chuck D, Flavor Flav and Professor Griff play in an intimate setting like the Boom Boom Tent is bound to be one unforgettable set.
Saturday, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Boom Boom Tent
Before his major label debut even came out, Kendrick Lamar was already working with superstars like Drake and Lil Wayne and was well on his way to becoming one himself. Then “Good Kid, m.A.A.d City” came out and it pretty much sealed the deal. Of course, quick rises to fame are often met with skepticism and haters. So when people start talking about Lamar and debating his staying power with me, I just look at them and say “Bitch don’t kill my vibe.”
Saturday, 6 – 7:15 p.m., Boom Boom Tent
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
I admit that I don’t know much about Macklemore & Ryan Lewis beyond their catchy “Thrift Shop” anthem. But a lot of my friends who consider themselves hip-hop fans keep telling me how great their debut full-length album “The Heist” is. This same duo that has attracted attention by “popping tags” is apparently equally known for bringing tears to eyes, singing about more serious matters on tracks such as “Same Love.” Since I trust my friends, I vote we all go check them out together and enjoy a group sing-along moment, “I’m, I’m, I’m hunting, looking for a come up…” followed by a group cry, and maybe even a group hug.
Friday, 6:15-7:30 p.m., Boom Boom Tent