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Chuck D and Public Enemy, The Real McCoy, and reggae artist Arise Roots, will put on a free concert for the residents of Los Angeles’ Skid Row district on Sunday, January 15.
This event, dubbed as both the "Operation Skid Row Music Festival" and the "Occupy Skid Row Music Festival", is a call to action for "the Hip Hop community to get actively engaged in social organizations and social movements," according to a statement issued by the organizer, Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN).
Pete White of LA CAN told KPCC that even though there will be famous rappers present, "it's not a show," explaining that in addition to music there will be speakers, poetry, conversation about social movements, and a "re-imagining" of some of the bleakest areas of our city.
Originally publicized as a music festival starring a dozen or so classic LA rap acts agreeing to play for free (names like Cypress Hill, Kurupt from the Dogg Pound, Mellow Man Ace and Zzyzzx, King T, Rapper’s Rapp Group, Sir Jinx and General Population, OG Kid Frost, L.A. Posse, and the Egyptian Lover were bandied about), the sponsor-less, grassroots effort took a somewhat different musical shape as the play date approached. Chuck D and Public Enemy's involvement remained, despite a less robust supporting line-up.