Phoenix celebrated its first city-proclaimed “Hip Hop Day” with over 5,000 people in attendance on Saturday. The 12-hour event, proclaimed Hip Hop Day by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, consisted of over 200 artists performing both inside and outside of Comerica Theater on eight different stages. The streets were blocked off all around the venue giving guests the opportunity to walk around, visit the food trucks; vendors and network with other professionals in the hip hop community.
John Blaze of Respect of Underground said he was beyond speechless about the support that was given for Arizona hip-hop in the last three years.
“The Arizona Hip-Hop Festival was and is the biggest day for artists to show their craft and network to with who is who in the scene,” said artist Bruce Zuniga.
Justus Samuel, founder of the now three-year-old Arizona Hip Hop Festival and Respect the Underground is beyond grateful on the attendance of Hip-Hop Day saying, “It took three years to get it right and we made history.”
Thousands of attendees rushed to the main stage to watch Mayor Stanton make history by making a proclamation for “Hip-Hop Day.” Following his speech, people were singing along with artists like Pokafase, J slug, Vee Tha Rula, and Judge Da Boss.
“The Hip Hop Festival was nothing short of a major success. Everybody who is somebody was there in attendance. It was the perfect networking opportunity for all independent artists and the artists that are just getting started. I see this event really taking Arizona Hip Hop to the next level, and to a national level,” said Kareem Williams, aka Lefty, from Real Entertainment News.
Mayor Stanton stated, “I love it. First off there are so many great performers showing off their craft. I love their music and I really love the community that Justus (Samuel) and Respect the Underground has created within the local hip-hop community. A lot of people care about their art, which is hip-hop.