Kanye West is no stranger to the EMF festivities. Scheduled to headline this year, West also rocked the crowd back in 2005, and in 2008 months after losing his mother at the end of 2007.
Salt N Pepa
Do my ladies run this? In 2009 Salt-n-Pepa did. The pair along with long time DJ, Spinderella, worked the stage and empowered women with the single, “Big Girls.”
Fresh off his 2003 Grammy win for Best Rap/Song Collaboration for his track , “Dilemma,” Nelly hoped on the main stage with his group the St. Lunatics and tore it up.
Black Eyed Peas
In 2005, The Black Eyed Peas had released their fourth studio album, “Monkey Business” a few months before taking the EMF stage. The hit “My Humps,” had the crowd appreciating and embracing their lovely lady lumps.
First day of the 2007 Essence Music Festival Ludacris along with his Word of Mouf crew hit the stage so fresh and so clean in all white to perform.
LL Cool J
The love ladies have for cool James never changes. In both 2008 and 2010 the rapper known as equally as much for his lips as his raps hit the stage rap the songs that took us back down memory lane.
De La Soul
It was just last year in 2010 the rap trio took the EMF stage, this year De La Soul is hard at work on their album Art of Official Intelligence III to release later this year.
Doug E. Fresh
Now that our first lady Michelle Obama has made the “Dougie” dance extremely popular, we can’t wait to see how people respond to the originator of the dance Doug E. Fresh himself this year.
Alternative Hip Hop conglomerate Arrested Development, which includes two female members Tasha Larae and Montshoe Eshe, graced the ESSENCE Festival stage in 2010.
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The five members of the rap group from Kentucky hit the stage spitting their southern hits, “Awww Naw” and “Sick and Tired,” in Essence’s super lounges back in 2003.
Naughty By Nature
This year Naughty By Nature will hop on the EMF stage, and we look forward to take a nostalgic walk down hip hop lane. You down with OPP?