90s Hip Hop Icon Rah Digga set it off at Dobbs on South Street as a part of a showcase series presented by Leland Morroccos’ Elements of Hip Hop Philadelphia.
There is no shortage of live performances in the 215. The setting takes place at Dobbs on South Street, a venue I’ve passed by in my travels to one of my favorite cigar spots. Dobbs on South gives intimate vibes. I have seen artists perform here before they hit it big, and I’ve witnessed new and iconic talent before their “come up”. I spoke with Leland Morroccos, the “Connect” as he calls himself (he doesn’t prefer the title of promoter… although he is), about his Elements of Hip Hop Philadelphia or EOHHPhilly, and what he’s doing for live hip-hop shows in Philly.
EOHHPhilly is Leland’s performance showcase of upcoming and iconic 90’s talent. Leland has made his bones connecting shows around the city at venues such as Ardmore Music Hall, Underground Arts, and Dobbs on South with an honorable mention of his restaurant Lil Trent’s (when I become a restaurant critic and get my invite, we’ll talk again).
The Elements of Hip Hop Philadelphia event, sponsored by One Roq Vodka, at Dobbs was on point with the talented opening acts of Fire Nation Flamez, Official Bad Betty, and an engaging set from Heroic Poet, with house DJ Satone setting a true hip-hop vibe that led to the headlining act, Rah Digga taking the stage.
Rah Digga is a 90s hip-hop lyricist repping Newark, NJ. With a career that spans 25 years, Rah Digga’s talent and fame broke to the masses via her membership in Busta Rhymes’ Flipmode Squad with numerous guest features and a 2000 debut album, “Dirty Harriet”.
I am a fan of Hip Hop. Seeing her perform live was an honor. I remember hearing her music when she first hit during the 90s and how hard it hit then. Fast forward to now, seeing her perform on stage and the music still hits hard. Her energy-engaging set list included hits from her debut album through current tracks. Before concluding, Rah Digga brought out fellow native Newarkers The Outsiders, and Piffjamesbitch to share the stage and bring this Elements of Hip Hop Philadelphia show to a grand finale, New Jersey style.
After her set, I spoke with Rah Digga about her upcoming and future projects. The artist shared that she has a new EP that will release on her own media platform. In addition to her podcast with Lord Jamar of the hip-hop group, Brand Nubian, Rah Digga has a new film dropping in February.
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