The St. Louis Underground Music Festival is a celebration of ALL the elements of Hip Hop Culture. Although we were influenced by our experiences at other celebrations *(Rocksteady Anniversary, Scribble Jam, etc…) ; It is a unique event in our city. MTV showed up this year but we didn’t go pop. The Legendary Sadat X blessed us with his presence. We paid homage to our own trailblazers and pioneers….To date there has not been another Hip Hop festival in the STL that has included as many women on the bill *(peace queens!); as many young people *(Dynasty Hip Hop, Teen Swag, CRA whattup?) or as diverse a roster *(every style was represented!). I say this because the media in our city cares very little about Hip Hop Culture… So we’re gonna keep documenting our own shit. To all the emcees, graf writers, B-boys/girls, Deejays and supporters of Hip Hop Culture worldwide ——— SALUTE! Keep uploading those photos and writing about your SLUMFEST experiences! Share this note… add on and spread the word and the culture….
RJ: But I always wanted to pursue theater and my black cultural identity. In my second year at college, I did the play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, and it was so healing. It was an incredible experience.