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Darryl Reed Foundation's Old Skool Hip Hop Launch Party w/ Whodini & more
Yo-Yo, Mistah Fab, Mario Hodge, DJ Mind Motion
Sat, March 31, 2018
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 11:59 pm)
Darryl Reed is a Public Figure and Author that has turned his past into a positive light used to unite communities and encourage youth in making better choices. The mission of the Darryl Reed Foundation is to impact young people throughout the nation, who are at risk of experiencing violence in the inner cities. The foundation will support Darryl Reed in fulfilling the promise he made to President Obama upon being granted executive clemency. Mr. Reed will use the misguided notoriety that has followed him through 28 years of incarceration to stop the senseless destruction of lives by mobilizing leaders and mentors to guide young men interested in becoming productive, responsible and impactful members of society.
Coming out of the fertile early '80s New York rap scene, Whodini were one of the first rap groups to add a straight R&B twist to their music, thus laying the groundwork for the new jack swing movement. The group consisted of rappers Jalil Hutchins and John "Ecstasy" Fletcher, adding legendary DJ Drew "Grandmaster Dee" Carter, known for being able to scratch records with nearly every part of his body, in 1986. Whodini made its name with good-humored songs like "Magic's Wand" (the first rap song to feature an accompanying video), "The Haunted House of Rock" (a rewrite of "Monster Mash"), and "Freaks Come Out at Night," and their live shows were the first rap concerts to feature official dancers (U.T.F.O. members Doctor Ice and Kangol Kid). Following 1987's Open Sesame, Whodini went on hiatus due to problems with their record company, as well as to concentrate on new families. The group attempted a comeback in 1991 with Bag-a-Trix without much success, despite receiving their due as rap innovators. Five years later, Whodini returned with their sixth album, appropriately titled Six. The album disappeared shortly after its release. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide
Many might have seen the "unsung story" of hip hop legend Yolanda “YoYo” Whitaker on the hit TV One documentary series, “Unsung” which gave the world a view of her amazing career from the inside. YoYo is one of the most important female voices in hip hop, collaborating with the likes of Quincy Jones, George Clinton, Tupac, and Mary J. Blige, and released four critically acclaimed albums. She’s the founder of the YoYo School of Hip Hop and a co-host of Café Mocha Radio. In 1994, she was invited by Congresswoman Maxine Waters to Washington D.C. to address congress, speaking against censoring rap music. As an actress, she has appeared in projects including Boyz n the Hood, Sister Act 2, Martin, and Grand Theft Auto. In 2017, she launched her celebrity cooking online series and will join the long-anticipated Art of Rap tour. YoYo remains active tour the country and engaging her supportive followers on Instagram and Facebook.
Mistah FAB is one of Oakland's shining stars, from being the life of the hyphy movement in the 00's to penning platinum hits for superstars.
DJ Mind Motion