This summer, Rhyme Fest will host its 11th annual celebration at the iconic LA Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, August 17, 2024. This major milestone event will be headlined by the renowned Minnesota hip hop duo Atmosphere. Composed of rapper Slug and DJ/producer Ant, Atmosphere has built a legacy in underground hip-hop over their 27-year career. Known for their vulnerable lyrics, genre-pushing production, and everyman sensibilities, they have released 13 projects and numerous classic tracks championed globally. Rhyme Fest is thrilled to bring Atmosphere’s captivating stage show to the Los Angeles hip hop community.


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This year’s festival lineup also includes performances by Dilated Peoples, Living Legends, Visionaries, Freestyle Fellowship, Funkdoobiest, Project Blowed’s 30th Anniversary Performance, Sage Francis, The Shape Shifters, The LA Symphony’s 25th Anniversary Performance, Planet Asia, Reverie, DJ QBert, Demrick & Dizzy Wright, DJ Nu-Mark (of J5), DJ Abilities, A-F-R-O & 60East, Coyote, Volume 10, Self Provoked, Speak, and several additional artists considered part of the “Rhyme Fest Universe.”

“We’re building a Rhyme Fest Universe,” says founder Rafael “Scooby” Dos Santos. “We have  our characters that are part of our universe that are always featured at our events. Some are in  house DJs and some are MCs that we consider a part of the Rhyme Fest family. Rhyme Fest is a  gathering for the hip hop heads so it’s important to have the people that helped us build Rhyme  Fest from the very beginning to still be a part of it and be represented on the lineup.”

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Rhyme Fest 2024 marks a significant step forward for the seminal hip hop festival. The first Rhyme Fest was held on November 15, 2013, at the 500-seat Ukraine Cultural Center in Hollywood, headlined by KRS-One and The Visionaries. This year, Rhyme Fest expects 10,000 hip hop enthusiasts to celebrate all elements of the culture at the LA Memorial Coliseum. Along with timeless tracks, brolic beats, and breathtaking performances, the festival will also highlight graffiti, break dancing, and DJing.

“The whole purpose of Rhyme Fest is to incorporate all elements of hip hop and to cultivate and  grow the hip hop community,” Dos Santos says. “This year will boast a graffiti village area where  30 artists will create live paintings, for example. These are artists that started in the graffiti  scene in Los Angeles—graf writers from the 1980s, early 1990s, late 1990s all the way up until  today. Besides the music this year, another dope element that you can expect at Rhyme Fest is  the whole graffiti area and a lot of art.”  

Rhyme Fest is proud to announce official partnerships with Worms Music, Monster Energy Drink, Loop Paint, Classic Burners, and Los Angeles’ famed radio station, 93.5 KDAY.

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Shawn Grant is a Chicago native and the Senior Editor of The Source Magazine. He can only be found on Instagram and Twitter at @shawnxgrant.

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