Written by Kurt Holocher
“Hold ya head don’t stress too fast, like grandma said this too shall pass.”-Mars Shinobi x Napoleon Solo of IsWhat?!
Luckily for everyone involved in Elementz HipArt @Washington Park Sunday night the threat of inclement weather also passed, and a phenomenal showcase of local (and also not so local) talent was put on display for the public. Sunday, July 26 marked Elementz 3rd annual HipArt @Washington Park event, and audience members who were tolerant of a few early showers were treated to an array of artistic styles from members of Elementz, as well as a couple of special guests.
Ms. Jai Washington graciously served as host; and from the headline act “Put Ya Hands in the Sky,” by Dreez to the explosive dance finale performed by The Millennium Robots, the show was a prime example of how the arts can bring positivity and unity to the city of Cincinnati. One particular standout was Tafari Mcdade’s 2 song set, the highlight being “Lauryn We Love You;” an ode to musician Lauryn Hill performed along with Elementz singers Trinity, Destiny, and Journey. These young ladies and emcee/poet Mars Tha Shinobi later teamed up to perform original poetry and R&B live with instrumentalists from nouveau chamber music group Concert:Nova. HipHop/Jazz/Rock/Soul collective IsWhat?!, also collaborated with Concert Nova blending genres and transcending generalizations of Urban music. IsWhat?!, then blessed the show with an uptempo, energy-inducing performance; dedicating their set to recently lost saxophonist Jack Walker. Other Elementz performers included Temani Chapple, and DJ Apryl Reign on the one’s and two’s.
There most certainly was something at this year’s HipArt event for anyone to appreciate. From R&B to hip hop, DJing and live graffiti, it was truly an extraordinary exhibition of the urban arts scene here in Cincinnati, and a testament to the creativity and positive drive within Elementz.