New York legends KRS-One and EPMD have been tapped to headline the 11th annual Black August Benefit Concert in New York. The veteran rappers will lead a lineup also featuring soul singer Bilal, Immortal Technique, and Juice Crew leader Marley Marl.
The show is scheduled to take place August 31st at the Nokia Theater in Manhattan.
Black Moon, Smiff-N-Wessun, and K-Salaam are slated to be on stage as well.
Black August is produced by Brooklyn’s Malcolm X Grassroots Movement to bring awareness to social injustices and raise funds for political prisoners.
“The Black August Hip-Hop Project has been a great way to communicate the importance of supporting political prisoners in the U.S. and the issues our people face locally and all around the globe,” the event’s Co-Chair Tamir Z. Brown said in a statement. “It has cleaned up some of the negativity associated with hip-hop and shows that we are self-determined and self-sufficient.”
In the past, David Banner, Saigon, Talib Kweli, Mos Def and dead prez have all performed at Black August.—LaTisha Robbins