Blackberry Entertainment will pay homage
to some of the biggest pioneers in Hip-Hop history, with The Fresh Fest 2005
Fresh Fest was initially created in 1984 and was one of the biggest and most
successful Hip-Hop tours. The original tour line up featured Run-DMC, Kurtis
Blow, Newcleus, The Fat Boys and Whodini and according to reps, grossed more
than $3.5 million in sales for only a 27 date tour.
Acts that are slated to perform are Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, Sugar Hill Gang,
Chubb Rock, Nice & Smooth, Biz Markie, Whodini, Dana Dane as well as Brucie
B, S&S DJ Cynnamixx and DJ Scratch.
"We are here
to give everyone a taste of what real Hip-Hop is," Shawn Pen told AllHipHop.com.
"No one can take away what these guys have done for the Hip-Hop game and
what they continue to do. These artists are the only ones I know that don't
have to make a record to sell out concerts."
The Fresh Fest 2005 tour hopes to be just as successful as the first.
"Once we are
done with the first date, we are looking at doing a 50 city tour that will include
even more old school acts." Shawn continued. "I really feel that this
is something that anyone, but especially the 30 and older [crowd] can appreciate.
There is finally a concert that caters to the Hip-Hop generation who was there
when it all began."
The event will be hosted by Ed Lover and Monie Love and will be held on August
12th at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.
"I chose New York to start the tour for obvious reasons," Shawn said.
"New York is the birth place of Hip-Hop, so it's only right that we set
off a legendary moment with the pioneers in the place where it all began."
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