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Public Enemy Rocks Skid Row

Free Concert Draws Masses to See Hip Hop Stars and Local Artists

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Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 12:27 pm

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - When it was first announced, the Public Enemy-led concert to raise awareness about Skid Row may have raised suspicions. Would Chuck D really perform? Would anybody come? Was anybody outside Skid Row supposed to come?

The pioneering rapper did indeed headline the Jan. 15 show, and he was flanked by the other attention-generating part of Public Enemy, the massive clock-wearing Flava Flav.

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The four-hour event included performances by Skid Row artists and a host of established rappers. LAPD attendance estimates varied - officers on the ground counted about 500, but an air unit reported approximately 1,500 people at the location on Gladys Street between Fifth and Sixth streets. A representative of co-organizer the Los Angeles Community Action Network estimated that, at its peak, the crowd measured "several hundred."

"I was thrilled and pleased to see so many people, especially younger people come to Skid Row to share in this experience," said Katherine McNenney, a resident of the Little Tokyo Lofts in Skid Row. "The vibe was special. I enjoyed myself. I was dancing the whole time. It was a feeling of unity. I kept thinking, when can this happen again?"

Organizers and police reported no disturbances at the event.

Event co-organizer "General" Jeff Page, who represents Skid Row on the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, wanted the happening to bridge some of the divides in the Central City.

"Skid Row is a part of the Downtown community and we want the Downtown community to be involved in our events, but they have this mental barrier that they're not welcome here," said Page. "I try to let them know that's old Skid Row. We can't build if everybody stays on the outside."


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  • General Jeff posted at 6:02 pm on Tue, Jan 17, 2012.

    General Jeff Posts: 40

    Our "Operation Skid Row Music Festival and Street Fair" event went from "History-in-the-making" to "History was made"!!!!

    I would like to publicly thank LAPD, Central Division and especially Captain Horace Frank for being so supportive.

    I would like to thank ALL the performers- from Skid Row- Twin (Skid Row Flowing), Unkal Bean, the Skid Row Players (drummers), Skid Row Unit, College Division and Crushow. From the Hip-Hip industry- Kurupt, King T, OG Kid Frost, Egyptian Lover, Mellow Man Ace and Zzyzzx, Lady of Rage, Yo-Yo, Medusa, LA Posse, Breeze, Sir Jinx and General Population, Rapper's Rapp Group, Ronnie Hudson, X-Clan, Freestyle Fellowship, Stylistik Jones, Knowledge, MASK featuring Money-B from Digital Underground, Nipsey Hussle and more!!!!

    I would also like to publicly thank Fun Zone Reading Club for Homeless Kids and Gift of Knowledge who worked together to give away over 3 thousand books at the event! Also ManOne and Crewest Gallery for bringing in the live art. Lastly, I would like to thank actress/model Claudia Jordan, DJ Joe Cooley, A.C. the Program Director, The Poetess and Playa Hamm all for coming.

    And of course I would like to give a special thanks to Chuck D and the entire Public Enemy camp and Pete White and the entire LA CAN team as we all worked together to make this special event happen!!

    Not only was this event historic for Skid Row, it was also historic for all of Downtown L.A.!!!!