Tallahassee hip hop concert draws thousands, even without T-Pain – Tallahassee Democrat

A music event with a mission was accomplished in the capital city Friday night as two nationally acclaimed rap music innovators took center stage at the Adderley Amphitheater at Cascades Park. But the purpose of the event was symbolized at the outset when four young boys performed original raps about the impact of persistent gun violence in the city.  

Damari Johnson, a 13-year-old Tallahassee student at Griffin Middle School, was among the four winners of a teen rap competition billed as a key element of the “50 Years of Hip Hop Celebration Concert,” sponsored by the North Florida Community Development Corporation. 

Damari Johnson and other three rap contest winners performing on stage at the Adderley Amphitheater

Johnson told the Democrat he loves to rap and knew he would win the contest.  

“I loved creating a positive rap song,” said Johnson wearing a grey sweatsuit. “I wasn’t surprised that I won because I was confident the whole time. I think it’s nice to have something like this for kids.”  

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