Rakim to Headline 11th Annual Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival on April 9

Four-Day Event is Free and Open to the Public

Hartford, Connecticut, April 5, 2016 – The 11th annual Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival returns this spring from April 7 to April 10, 2016, and will be headlined by Rakim Allah, regarded by many major music publications as one of the most influential hip-hop lyricists of all time. The theme of this year’s Festival is “Hip Hop’s Legacy: History, Art and Social Change.” As usual, the event will again feature two nights of concerts, plus an extensive lineup of lectures, workshops, panel discussions, and films as part of the weekend-long academic study of the music and culture of the hip-hop genre. The event, free and open to the public, culminates with performances by several international hip-hop artists. 

Major music publications often cite Rakim as one of the most talented hip-hop lyricists of all time. The debut album by hip-hop duo Eric B. and Rakim, “Paid in Full,” earned rankings by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and MTV as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time.  “I Know You Got Soul” was also ranked among Rolling Stone’s Top 25 hip-hop songs of all time. 

In addition to Rakim, this year’s lineup includes performances to be announced soon at www.trinityhiphop.com

Photo ID will be required to attend the main concert on Saturday, April 9. Parking on street.

For artist bios and more, visit www.trinityhiphop.com or contact Greg Schick at Greg@worldhiphopmarket.com

For the Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival on Twitter, follow @HipHopBantam. 

About the Festival
The Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival, founded by Trinity College students in 2006, is the largest festival of its kind in the United States.  The festival continues to be organized by students in association with Nomadic Wax, World Hip Hop Market, Temple of Hip Hop, Underground Coalition/Zulu Nation 860, and Notable Productions.  Past performers include Talib Kweli; K’Naan (Somalia); Jean Grae (U.S./South Africa); Blitz the Ambassador (Ghana); Brother Ali; Comrade Fatso (Zimbabwe); Les Nubians (France/Cameroon); Sam the Kid (Portugal), dead prez; DJ Kool Herc; KRS-One and Grandmaster Caz; among many other national and international hip-hop artists and academics.  

Below, see a special Trinity Hip-Hop Festival edition of "Trinitea," with guest Seth Markle, Trinity College assistant professor of history and international studies.