Way back in February, the Milwaukee Common Council unanimously approved the creation of Hip-Hop Week MKE. “Hip-hop has the unique ability to bring communities together and stimulate conversations about relevant issues in our society,” said Ald. Khalif Rainey, who proposed the event. “I am thrilled to bring this event to our community with the help of my colleagues. In August, Milwaukee will experience the true power and influence of hip-hop.”
And now here we are in August, and Hip-Hop Week MKE is about to kick off. The schedule is pretty incredible, with concerts, films, discussions, and much more setting up shop in Milwaukee venues from now until August 26. Want local talent? You’ve got it. Want Ghostface Killah and RZA (in two separate events)? You’ve got it. Want everything else? Check out the complete schedule, via 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, below:
MONDAY, AUGUST 20
1 p.m. – Press conference, Hip-Hop Week MKE Launch at Miller High Life Theater, 500 W. Kilbourn Ave.
6-8 p.m. – Hip-Hop networking at Miller High Life Theater, 500 W. Kilbourn Ave.
8-10 p.m. – Masters of Ceremonies free hip-hop concert featuring Milwaukee hip-hop artists at Miller High Life Theater, 500 W. Kilbourn Ave.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 21
5-7 p.m. – Jay Morrison Financial Intelligence at The Wisconsin Black Historical Society, 2620 W. Center St.
8-10 p.m. – Baby Drew Unplugged with Cigarette Break at Mister J’s Lounge, 4610 W. Fond Du Lac Ave.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22
Noon-1 p.m. – Masta Ace presents Hip-Hop & Health discussion at St. Joseph’s Hospital, 5000 W. Chambers St.
1-3 p.m. – Hip-Hop Health Fair w/ special guests Mannon Sabir of the Juice Kitchen, C_HaZe fitness and nutrition expert and hip hop artist, and celebrity chef Michael Feker
1-4 p.m. – Municipal Court Warrant Withdrawal Wednesday and employment resource event at Journey House, 2110 W. Scott St.
5:30-7 p.m. – Dissecting Kendrick Lamar with Spotify’s Dissect podcast host, Cole Cuchna at Radio Milwaukee, 220 E. Pittsburgh Ave.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 23
10 a.m.-3 p.m. – Job fair at St. Joseph’s Hospital, 5000 W Chambers St.
6-7:30 p.m. – “The Formula,” a conversation with D.O.C. facilitated by Chad “C-Note” Roper featuring DJ Doc B at Gee’s Clippers, 2200 N. Doctor M.L.K. Dr.
8-10 p.m. – “Fresh Dressed” hip-hop documentary screening at Miramar Theatre, 2844 N. Oakland Ave.
10:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. – Trusted Kicks presents a Hip-Hop Week MKE after party at Truth Lounge, 1111 N. Old World Third St.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 24
4-8 p.m. – A Couch Conversation wtih DJ Kool Herc w/author Michael Arceneaux and Milwaukee motivational speaker Ed Henning at Miller High Life Theatre, 500 W. Kilbourn Ave.
8-11 p.m. – Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan at The Rave/Eagles Club, 2401 W. Wisconsin Ave.
11 p.m.-2 a.m. – Official Penthouse After Party following Ghostface concert at The Rave/Eagles Club, 2401 W. Wisconsin Ave.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 25
9 a.m.-noon – Alderman Russell Stamper leads city wide clean up in honor of DNS inspector Ziggy at Fondy Farmers Market, 2200 W Fond Du Lac Ave.
7 p.m. – Legends of Summer Tour at Riverside Theater, 116 W Wisconsin Ave.
9:30-11 p.m. – RZA: Live from the 36th Chamber at Oriental Theatre, 2230 N. Farwell Ave.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 26
Noon-6 p.m. – Hip-Hop on the Block / Milwaukee Bucks Street party in the plaza of the Fiserv Forum, 1111 Vel R. Phillips Ave.