Love, Peace & Hip-Hop, which have thrown the old-school block party in Columbia for three years running, is bringing two legends to the Music Farm in March as part of its March Madness — get it?! — programming: New York duo Mobb Deep on Thursday, Mar. 10; and Texas rap titan Scarface on Saturday, Mar. 26.
Both acts are seminal: Queens’ Mobb Deep turned stark productions and a bleak, poetic depiction of New York street life into hip-hop milestones; 1995’s The Infamous, released a year after Nas’ Illmatic and roughly six months before Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die, was one of the cornerstones of the New York hardcore movement and a pace-setter for East Coast gangsta rap. Scarface, meanwhile, helped put Houston on the map: the one-time Geto Boy defined what it meant to be Southern a generation before anyone even coined the term Dirty South — something glaringly evident in the late ’90s wave of emcees who came out of the Mississippi Delta emulating his style of hard-boiled hardcore rap.
The satellite shows, too, lean a little harder and a bit more contemporary than past Hip-Hop Family Days, which has hewed more Golden Age and slightly more family-friendly. But outside of being good gets with irrefutable legacies and contemporary connections (Mobb Deep dropped its last joint in 2014 and Scarface his in 2015, and both records bang), the bookings reinforce the genre’s multifaceted nature — something on which Hip-Hop Family Day is built.
April’s Hip-Hop Family Day shindig is free, but these shows aren’t: Tickets for individual shows are $22 in advance or $28 at the door; limited combo tickets are on sale now for $30. There’s also an $80 VIP package available for the Scarface booking, which includes access to the VIP area and a meet-and-greet with the rapper.