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Hip-Hop Week MKE guide: concerts, films, spin classes and more

Hip-Hop Week MKE runs Aug. 21-27 throughout the city.
City of Milwaukee
Milwaukee is hosting at least 28 events throughout the city to celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop.

If you feel like you haven't gotten enough of a hip-hop fix this month as the genre celebrates 50 years in music, look no further than your own backyard for events happening this week.

Hip-Hop Week is officially underway in Milwaukee after a three-year hiatus and the schedule is jam-packed with concerts, films, speaking engagements and other activities for hip-hop heads.

By my count, there are 29 events on the schedule. Among them, HYFIN music director Element Everest-Blanks will sit on a panel for Women in Hip-Hop on Saturday, Aug. 26 and Amplifier program coordinator Chad Roper will host a conversation about mental health with Chicago rapper G Herbo on Sunday, Aug. 27. Of course, there will be music; Jadakiss, The Pharcyde and Moneybagg Yo all have headlining shows planned for the week, plus a slew of other local shows happening.

The entire schedule is outlined below, and more information can be found on the City of Milwaukee's website.

Monday, Aug. 21

  • 12-12:45 p.m. — Hip-Hop Lunch & Learn @ City Hall
  • 1-2 p.m. — Launch press conference @ City Hall
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. — Power Hour: A conversation on civic engagement @ City Hall
  • 9 p.m.-midnight — Hip-Hop Unwined w/ DJ Gemini Gilly @ Truth Lounge

Tuesday, Aug. 22

  • 2-6 p.m. — Breakdance Battle & chess tournament @ The Ivy House
  • 6-8 p.m. — Dee - 1 @ Gee's Clippers
  • 9-11:30 p.m. — MKE Hip-Hop Week Showcase @ No Studios

Wednesday, Aug. 23

Thursday, Aug. 24

  • 12-12:45 p.m. — Hip-Hop Lunch & Learn @ City Hall
  • 12-4 p.m. — Hip-Hop Week MKE Job Fair @ St. Joseph's Hospital
  • 4:30-6:30 p.m. — Financial Literacy Discussion w/ Dr. Boyce Watkins @ Rise and Grind Café
  • 7-10 p.m. — Hip-Hop Week in Film: "Menace II Society" @ Oriental Theatre
  • 9-11:30 p.m. — The Legend Returns: Baby Drew with Cigarette Break @ Mr. B's Privileged Lounge
  • 10 p.m. — The Milwaukee Hip-Hop Showcase @ The Wicked Hop

Friday, Aug. 25

Saturday, Aug. 26

  • 12-2 p.m. — Women in Hip-Hop Forum feat. HYFIN's Element Everest-Blanks @ 5 Points Art Gallery + Studios
  • 2-6 p.m. — HHW Music Aux Party @ Brownstone Social Lounge
  • 3 p.m. — Hip-Hop Week in Film: "Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhythms" @ Oriental Theatre
  • 7-10 p.m. — Red Carpet movie premiere: "The Hole in Da Wall" @ AMC Mayfair
  • 9 p.m.-midnight — Happy 50th Birthday Party to Hip-Hop w/ Large Professor

Sunday, Aug. 27

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