In the world of hip-hop, generations of women have proven they are talented, strong, and fearless. This year’s Love, Peace & Hip-Hop festival is themed “All Hail the Queens,” honoring female artists who paved the way, changed the game, and transformed the genre into an empowering outlet for women and girls around the globe.
Set for Saturday, April 14 on Columbia, SC’s Main Street, World Famous Hip-Hop Family Day is proud to announce MC Lyte as headliner for 2018.
One of the most prolific female hip-hop artists of all time, MC Lyte opened the door for future female hip-hop artists through a series of firsts: she was the first solo female rapper ever nominated for a Grammy; the first ever to perform at New York’s historic Carnegie Hall; the first to receive a gold single; and in 2006, MC Lyte became the first solo female rapper to be honored/inducted on VH-1’s Hip-hop Honors. A pioneer in the industry, Lyte is also the first female to perform hip-hop in the White House and first African-American female to serve as president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Recording Academy.
MC Lyte first appeared on the scene in 1988 with her debut album Lyte As A Rock. Lyte then followed her debut with 1989’s Eyes on This, featuring the hits “Cha Cha Cha” and “Cappucino.” In 1991, she delivered Act Like You Know, noted for its new jack swing sound and its hit single “Poor Georgie.” Her fourth album, 1993’s Ain’t No Other, was her first to reach gold status. The album featured her first top 40 pop hit, “Ruffneck,” which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Single.
“In my opinion, 2018 is the year of the woman, and women’s presence in hip-hop has been significant from the jump,” says Love, Peace & Hip-Hop founder and executive director FatRat Da Czar. “The selection of MC Lyte as this year’s headliner brings strength, smarts, sexy, sassy, and savvy to the stage, which are the qualities that make up hip-hop’s first female icon. MC Lyte is so much bigger than the music. She’s everything.”
A three-day celebration capped by a free, family-friendly festival on Saturday, April 14, the 6th annual World Famous Hip-Hop Family Day expects to bring over 15,000 attendees to Columbia’s Main Street. Presented by Love, Peace & Hip-Hop, the City of Columbia, and WellCare Healthy Connections, Hip-Hop Family Day is an unforgettable day of fun with the best and brightest live performers, DJs, B-Boy dance crews, hip-hop visual artists, and craft and food vendors. Look for the full lineup announcement on Thursday, March 1.
About Love, Peace & Hip-Hop
Founded in 2013, the goal of World Famous Hip-Hop Family Day is to ensure that hip-hop, represented properly, can be a medium through which the community can come together, all ages and races, for a day of peace, love, and unity, and having fun. This is accomplished by combining some of the best and brightest live performers, DJs, B-Boy dance crews, hip-hop visual artists, and craft and fashion vendors to create South Carolina’s most unique and entertaining community experience.
Major Event Sponsors:
City of Columbia, WellCare Healthy Connections, Columbia Music Festival Association, WLTX Channel 19, The Big DM 101.3 FM, Hot 103.9/93.9 FM, and EdVenture Children’s Museum.
Kool Moe Dee & The Treacherous Three (2013 Family Day Headliner)
Slick Rick (2014 Family Day Headliner)
The LOX (2015 Benefit Concert Headliner)
Monie Love (2015 Family Day Co-Headliner)
Nice & Smooth (2015 Family Day Co-Headliner)
Big Gipp (of the Goodie Mob) (2015 Family Day Co-Headliner)
Mobb Deep (2016 Benefit Concert Headliner)
Scarface (2016 Benefit Concert Headliner)
KRS-One (2016 Family Day Headliner)
Kid N Play (2017 Family Day Headliner)
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