New concert shows ‘Hip Hop is Alive’ in BR _lowres

Photo provided by Marcel P. Black -- Marcel P. Black performs at Happy's Irish Pub downtown on Saturday as part of the Hip-Hop is Alive concert.

While mainstream rappers like Kevin Gates and Boosie continue to dominate the discussion on Baton Rouge rap, hip-hoppers in south Louisiana continue to go overlooked.

Slowly, though, a select group of rappers are trying to change that. And Baton Rougeans can hear a taste of just what they have been missing this weekend.

The BR Hip-Hop Project, a concert series founded by locals Matt Bruce, Marcel P. Black and Jay Price, hosts “Hip-Hop is Alive on 3rd” at 9 p.m. Saturday at Happy’s Irish Pub’s downtown location at 136 Third Street. The concert features some of the South’s top underground/independent rappers. Donney Rose will serve as the MC. The show is free.

The show includes performances from the aforementioned Black, Go DJ Automatik, New Orleanians Alfred Banks and Cafe Au Lait, 5th Child from Mississippi and Jason Da Hater out of Tennessee.

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