And for those who have put in the years of work, the rewards couldn't be sweeter. Their efforts have brought hip-hop artists of the city fame, fortune (well, maybe not so much, but keep trying, guys!) -- and best of all, their very own hip hop festival, the Capitol Hip-Hop Soul Fest.
The second annual fest is Saturday, July 25, at Marvin Gaye Park (Division Avenue and Foote Street N.E.). The daylong, family-friendly event features festival staples: food, vendors, kiddie crafts and, in this case, lots and lots of hip-hop. And admission is free.
While festival-goers of all ages will certainly feel the allure of paper-mâché and macramé (yes, even the writers rhyme around here) make sure you drag yourself back to the main stage to check out Enoch the 7th Prophet, GODISHEUS ft/Head-Roc and Bomani Armah of “Read a Book” fame. Feel free to take that gimp bracelet with you.