Cincinnati Music Festival's Tribute to Hip-Hop Includes Performances From Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane

The 2023 Cincinnati Music Festival will also be headlined by Al Green, Jodeci, Snoop Dogg and other R&B legends.

click to enlarge Slick Rick will be performing as part of Cincinnati Music Festival's hip hop tribute on July 20. - Photo: Mika Väisänen, Wikimedia Commons
Slick Rick will be performing as part of Cincinnati Music Festival's hip hop tribute on July 20.

Cincinnati Music Festival organizers have announced the lineup of performers in a tribute celebrating the 50th anniversary of hip-hop.

The tribute, taking place on July 20, will officially kick off the Cincinnati Music Festival. This special tribute concert will feature performances from hip-hop legends Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane, Rakim and Doug E. Fresh, according to a press release. The Thursday-night concert will take place at The Andrew J Brady Music Center at The Banks.

The 2023 Cincinnati Music Festival will be headlined by Al Green, Jill Scott, Jodeci, Midnight Star and Gerald Albright on July 21. Snoop Dogg, Babyface, P-Funk Connection, Avery Sunshine and Norman Brown will headline the festival on July 22.

The other Cincinnati Music Festival performances on July 21 and 22 will take place at Paycor Stadium.

Snoop was originally a headliner for the 2020 Cincinnati Music Festival until it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Green's last performance at the Cincinnati Music Festival was in 1974.

Janet Jackson, Charlie Wilson and Ari Lennox headlined the 2022 Cincinnati Music Festival.

Tickets for the festival can be purchased now by calling 513-924-0900 or through Ticketmaster.

For more information about the Cincinnati Music Festival, visit

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