When: Sat., May 26, 8 p.m. 2018
There is only one place to be if you’re looking for a one-stop, immersive retro hip-hop extravaganza, and that’s Hip Hop Smackdown 5. Here to kick it old school are a slew of beat and rhyme masterminds that paved the way for the hip-hop stars of today. Take “Ruffneck” rapper MC Lyte, for example — who made history as the first solo female rapper to release a full-length album in 1988. “The Human Beatbox” Doug E. Fresh is also on the bill, alongside one of the first rappers to earn a Grammy award, Kool Moe Dee. And of course, where would hip-hop be without headliners, the legendary Bone Thugs-N-Harmony?