13th Trinity International Hip Hop Festival Is Here!

13th Annual Event Runs April 6-8 at Trinity College

Hartford, Connecticut, March 19, 2018 – The 13th annual Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival returns to Trinity College Friday, April 6, through Sunday, April 8, with recording artists Noname and Taylor Bennett co-headlining the Main Concert on Saturday night. The weekend-long festival, which is free and open to the public, has a theme this year of “Censorship, Free Speech, and Protest.” 

Noname, who grew up in Chicago, began her career in 2013 and released her first full mixtape, Telefone, in 2016. Her music is very personal and highlights Black women’s pain and struggles. Over the last two years, Noname (born Fatimah Warner) has performed at many large-scale festivals and was featured in an NPR Tiny Desk concert in 2017.

Taylor Bennett is also a Chicago native and the younger brother of Chance the Rapper. Bennett’s latest album, Restoration of an American Idol, was released in 2017, the sequel to 2015’s Broad Shoulders. Bennett has also released four mixtapes and an EP. He is just wrapping up his first U.S. tour and heading out on his first European tour in April. His newest single is “Minimum Wage.”

This year’s festival will feature a Friday night dance show and dance battle, plus an extensive lineup of lectures, workshops, panel discussions, and films as part of the weekend-long academic study of the music and subculture of the hip-hop genre.

Of note, a presentation on Saturday, April 7, at 11:00 a.m. will feature “Prime Minister” Pete Nice, formerly of hip-hop group 3rd Bass, and legendary ’90s hip-hop radio DJ Stretch Armstrong. The duo will share a history of hip-hop’s golden age through fliers, of which both are avid collectors. Armstrong released a book in 2016, No Sleep: NYC Nightlife Fliers 1988-1999.

The Main Concert will take place Saturday, April 7, at 8:00 p.m. in the Washington Room of Trinity’s Mather Hall (photo i.d. will be required to attend the concert). Performances by international hip-hop artists—from Cuba, South Africa, China, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Cabo Verde—will precede sets by festival co-headliners Noname and Taylor Bennett.

For the festival schedule, artist bios, and more, please checkwww.facebook.com/trinityhiphop, where information will continue to be updated in the weeks leading up to the festival, or contact Greg Schick at gschick27@gmail.com.For questions about lectures, workshops, discussions, or films, please e-mail trinityinternationalhiphop@gmail.com.

Additional Hip-Hop Festival social media links are: Instagram: @trinityhiphop 

About the Festival:  The Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival, founded by Trinity students in 2006, is the largest festival of its kind in the United States. The festival continues to be organized by students in association with Nomadic Wax, World Hip Hop Market, Temple of Hip Hop, and Notable Productions. Past performers include MC Lyte, Rakim, DJ Kool Herc, Talib Kweli, Brother Ali, dead prez, KRS-One, Grandmaster Caz, K’Naan, Jean Grae, Blitz the Ambassador, Comrade Fatso, Les Nubians, Sam the Kid, and many other national and international hip-hop artists and academics.

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