Hip Hop At The Fest

The ESSENCE Festival brings together entertainers from all genres of music, including Hip Hop. With the announcement of Nas headlining our festival kick-off concert 'Now Playing,' we take a look at some of Hip Hop's biggest entertainers rocking the stage and enjoying the festivities.

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1 of 15 Douglas Mason

In 2006, the year ESSENCE Festival was moved to Houston, TX because of Hurricane Katrina. We held a Pioneers of Hip Hop reunion that featured Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, Sugar Hill Gang, MC Lyte, Biz Markie, Whodini and Dana Dane.

2 of 15 Derick Hingles

The "pitbull in a skirt" rocked the Superlounge stage in 2012 and we look forward to her return to ESSENCE festival this year for the 20th anniversary.

3 of 15 Johnny Nunez

4 of 15 Lawrence Jenkins

5 of 15 Johnny Nunez

MC Lyte has been to the ESSENCE festival several times, both as a performer and as a fan.

6 of 15 Johnny Nunez

Common and Doug E. Fresh have both hit the ESSENCE festival Superlounge stage.

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Ludaccris hit the ESSENCE Festival Mainstage in 2007, and had everyone in the Superdome on their feet when he performed his current hit at the time, "Money Maker."

8 of 15 Lawrence Jenkins

Revolutionary hip hop represented at ESSENCE festival.

9 of 15 Douglas Mason

There's nothing like "Let Me Clear My Throat" live with Biz Markie and Doug E. Fresh.

10 of 15 Andrew Goetz

11 of 15 Peter Nakhid

The legendary Roots crew has graced our Superlounge stages several times and we are happy to have them on the ESSENCE Festival Mainstage in 2014.

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ESSENCE festival is a great promotional stop for artists. Rapper T.I. wasn't promoting music when he joined us in 2010, instead using the opportunity to get the word out about his latest film, Takers.

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The legendary female rap duo reunited on the ESSENCE Festival Mainstage and ran through their catalog of hits in 2009.

14 of 15 Andrew Goetz

The legendary artist and dj showed us what the art of spinning is really about in 2008.

15 of 15 Douglas Mason

The iconic hip hop group has performed at ESSENCE Festival twice, in 2002 and in 2010.