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List of hip hop music festivals

List of hip hop music festivals
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Related genres Hip hop music, funk, disco, dub, rhythm and blues, reggae, dancehall, toasting, performance poetry, neo soul, big beat, trap
Location Worldwide
Related events Category:Music festivals, concert tour, music festival, jazz festivals, electronic music festivals, reggae festivals

The following is an incomplete list of hip hop music festivals, which encapsulates music festivals focused on hip hop music. Hip hop music, also called hip-hop,[1][2] rap music,[2][3][4] or hip-hop music,[2][5] is a music genre consisting of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted.[2] It developed as part of hip hop culture, a subculture defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching, break dancing, and graffiti writing.[6][7][8] Other elements include sampling (or synthesis), and beatboxing. While often used to refer to rapping, "hip hop" more properly denotes the practice of the entire subculture.[9][10]


Festival name Country City State Debut
Essence Music Festival United States New Orleans Louisiana 1995
Jingle Jam
Paid Dues United States California, etc. 2006
Lyricist Lounge United States 1991
DMC World DJ Championships Greece Thessaloniki Central Macedonia 1985
Scribble Jam United States Cincinnati Ohio 1996
Big Day Out Australia 1992
The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival United States Brooklyn New York 2005
Rock the Bells United States California, etc. 2004
Trinity International Hip Hop Festival United States Hartford Connecticut 2006
Waga Hip Hop Festival Burkina Faso 1997
Urban Street Jam United States California 2010
Supafest Australia 2010
Summer Jam United States East Rutherford New Jersey 1994
Breakin' Convention United Kingdom London England 2004
Thessaloniki Hip Hop Festival Greece Thessaloniki Central Macedonia 2003
Freaknik United States Atlanta Georgia 1982
Urban Beach Week United States Miami Florida 1990


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  1. ^ Merriam-Webster Dictionary entry on hip-hop, retrieved from A subculture especially of inner-city youths who are typically devotees of rap music; the stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rap; also rap together with this music.
  2. ^ a b c d Encyclopædia Britannica article on rap, retrieved from Rap, musical style in which rhythmic and/or rhyming speech is chanted (“rapped”) to musical accompaniment. This backing music, which can include digital sampling (music and sounds extracted from other recordings), is also called hip-hop, the name used to refer to a broader cultural movement that includes rap, deejaying (turntable manipulation), graffiti painting, and break dancing.
  3. ^ AllMusic article for rap, retrieved from
  4. ^ Harvard Dictionary of Music article for rap, retrieved from CredoReference
  5. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica article on hip-hop, retrieved from Hip-hop, cultural movement that attained widespread popularity in the 1980s and ’90s; also, the backing music for rap, the musical style incorporating rhythmic and/or rhyming speech that became the movement’s most lasting and influential art form.
  6. ^ Kugelberg, Johan (2007). Born in the Bronx. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 17. ISBN 978-0-7893-1540-3. 
  7. ^ Brown, Lauren (February 18, 2009). "Hip to the Game – Dance World vs. Music Industry, The Battle for Hip Hop’s Legacy". Movmnt Magazine. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  8. ^ Chang, Jeff (2005). Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation. New York: St. Martin's Press. p. 90. ISBN 0-312-30143-X. 
  9. ^ Harvard Dictionary of Music article for hip hop, retrieved from Google Books: While often used to refer to rap music, hip hop more properly denotes the practice of entire subculture
  10. ^ AllMusic article for Hip-hop/Urban, retrieved from[dead link]: Hip-Hop is the catch-all term for rap and the culture it spawned.

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