MC Lyte, Brave New Voices, Meta-Four Bring Hip Hop to Downtown’s Discovery Green Life is Living Festival

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MC Lyte turned it out at Houston's Discovery Green Festival

Pioneering Hip Hop icon MC Lyte along with Brave new Voices featuring spoke word icons Marc Bamuthi Joseph recently touched down in Houston for the Discovery Green /Life is Living  Festival and got seriously busy. She let the packed crowd know that female emcees weren’t a rarity in Hip Hop and that people need to turn off their radios and not be a statistic for outlets that don’t fully represent them or the culture they love.  She alerted people to her new website project called HipHopSisters.com which strives to be a safe space for women in Hip Hop.

Lyte also spoke to the crowd about being more spiritually grounded and the importance of love.   She then proceeded to rock the house doing all her classics from Cappuccino to Georgie Porgy to Cram to Understand. She did a few accapella songs including my favorite ‘The Wonder Years’ which was produced by Texas born Hip Hop legend DJ Premier. MC Lyte even brought a fan to come up on the stage and rap alongside her.. when she did the song ‘Self Destruction’.  

Joining MC Lyte the other week at Discovery Green was Houston’s premier spoken word collective Meta-Four.  Down with the Brave New Voices family this group which is only about a year old didn’t do that well during their first national competition. The most recent contest in Chicago they made an impressive showing, putting the country on notice that Houston is not to be taken lightly-In short Don’t Mess with Texas.

In this clip three of the members Lance Cook, Jerome Madison and Joshua Win talk to us about the unique approach they take towards executing their craft. They also give us a some examples of their craft.  

Houston’s Havikoro Crew brought the crowd to their feet at the Discovery Green/ Life is Living Festival.  These dedicated B-Boys let the crowd know that breakdancing is still alive and well and very much a thriving part of Hip Hop culture in Texas. We caught up with group leader Marlon who not only busted nice moves, but also offered up a cool spoken piece.  He noted that Hip Hop is not about commercialism. It’s about the art. He and his Havikoro Crew underscored that point.

 Brave New Voices is an incredible spoken word prgram that has become an umbrella and go to spot for the explosive spoken word movement in this country. Their hard word was recently highlighted on a documentary series but on by HBO. When they announced that they would be coming to Houston to kick off a two year program it generated alot of excitement.  Two of the leaders within Brave New Voices are Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Hodari Davis. We sat down with Hodari davis to get a detailed explaination of what their hopes are for the Houston community and the huge potention they see in the city. Here is that interview along with some of the sights and sounds of the Dioscovery Green /Life is Living Festival  We caught some of the sights and sounds of the day…

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