After attending this event myself, and speaking with other attendees, vendors, and artists; I can
confidently say this event was an overall success.
The event included a vast array of entertainment and artists. This year’s festival included 9
Stages, 300+ performers, and 15,000 attendees over the course of two days.
The festival also included food trucks, cars on display, dancers, models, producers, painters,
authors, podcasts, and more.
The event’s vibe and feel was peaceful and positive. It seemed like all who were involved were
positive supporters of each other; uplifting one another and the arts displayed. This was an
amazing opportunity for local artists to market and promote their art in a high traffic event, while
networking with local business owners, and entrepreneurs.
“A chance to showcase local artists. AZ Hip Hop Fest was all love between everyone involved
from attendees to artists,” said Papiioso a local music artist, while reflecting back on his 1st year
performing at the festival.
This festival was rich in culture including all types of art. There was a variety of food to choose
from, including the locally owned restaurants in Downtown Phoenix.
The Kettle Black Kitchen and Pub was an amazing dining experience that gave off a Pike’s
Place Seattle ambiance while sipping the brews, and of course snacking on the amazing fish
Besides the brick and mortars, there were many food trucks on site.
Poky’s Mexican Cantina was serving up monster size portions of authentic mexican food, with
some of the best carne asada I have ever had!
Big Cuz’s BBQ, owned by Frankie Peterson, had the fire lit all night slow cooking some
succulent ribs with a fantastic rub that had a kick! Trying to take a bite of the ribs wasn’t to easy,
as the meat was falling right off the bone!
Mr. Wonderfuls’ Chicken and Waffles was also present at AZ Hip Hop Festival! Providing
Southern cuisine on wheels, delectable desserts, and fantastic juicy wings!
Another exciting aspect of the Hip Hop Festival was the visual artists on site. There were so
many different styles to look at while walking around listening to the music that played from the
One artist in particular stood out due to such eye popping colors, Yet the closer you looked at
the art, the more depth and meaning you could not only see but feel. Arthur Owsley, owner of
Owsley’s Creations, was a vendor displaying his art at the festival. “ I really appreciated the
emphasis on the art whether visual or musical. Usually visual art is overlooked at similar events,
it wasn’t overlooked at this event”, Owsley stated when asked how he felt about this year’s
Arthur, a native to Arizona, and has been displaying his art professionally since 2014. His
current art style is born based on anthropology, bringing it’s depth and meaning to a higher
level. Each piece of art is decorated to intertwine art, religion, history, and culture.
HIppyLife Podcast was also an on site vendor promoting the new podcast that was started in
August of this year, and created by Jordyn Y, with co-hosts Dyme Daddy, and Ajonez. The show
was created to help bring peace, happiness, and love to those who tune in. The show also helps
local artists expand, and get exposure at no cost. Co-Host Dyme Daddy stated “Hip Hop Fest was
completely inspiring and made me want to expand myself in the industry.”
HippyLife Co-Host AJonez was also a music artist that performed at the festival. Somewhat
new to the industry, AJonez stated, “ There were a lot of people, and exposure. I met with a lot
of artists, and was able to network.” Also happy to sell some merch at the festival, HippyLife
Podcast was honored to be involved in this year’s festival, and didn’t expect to make such an
impact with the people they were able to speak with.
With over 300 performers, and 9 stages; the music scene was everything it was expected to be,
and more! There was no lacking in local entertainment at anytime during the festival. There was
always an artist performing, and never a boring moment. With artist ranging from alternative,
trap, house, rap, and hip hop; there was music for everyone.
JDolla and Defiant performed together Sunday on the Alley stage. These are two Arizona locals
that have been growing as artists in this industry for some time now. It was an amazing
experience seeing the many local artists show their talents on stage, and knowing how hard
each one worked for that time in the spotlight. Each artist was able to perform, and have their
much deserved time to shine.
Many are thankful to Justus, Jason, and Respect the Underground for providing us all with such
a remarkable, memorable experience.
See you next year Arizona!