Home Grown Dope Jam 5

As the name implies, you don’t have to look beyond this island’s rocky shores to experience the sounds of hip hop and reggae. As the name also implies, you might be able to spread it on your toast, but I don’t suggest you do so.

This is the HGDJ’s fifth appearance, and while the event features established performers such as The Discounts, The Idlers, Mopaya and Johnny Hardcore. This year organizers are making a call loud and strong to all the young new rhymers to come try a little word-play on the mic. The Jam Slam is a 3-minute spoken word contest where rappers can let loose with rehearsed or freestyle wisdom.

The MC Battle that follows is a strictly freestyle event that puts two rappers head to head. The rap equivalent of backyard wrestling, battles are tense and exciting.

MCs Radar and Lee Fitz have been penciled into the itinerary as well, as has DJ Mr. Low. The hosts of the night will be Neil Conway and DJ Russtafari.

On Friday, November 24, the Home Grown Dope Jam simultaneously takes place at CBTG’s and Roxxy’s. Cover is $6 for one club or $10 for both. The Jam Slam and MC Battle have a 9pm sign up.

– Bryhanna Greenough and Elling Lien