Over the weekend, DJ Beverly Bond brought for the first time “Rock! Like a Girl” to Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center.
The highly anticipated afternoon featured several local and national artists, all of whom were female, who rocked together to showcase women’s contributions to hip hop and beyond.
Hosted by MC Lyte, the program kicked off with the all-female Go-Go band, Be’la Dona. Next up, Jean Grae, Ana Tijoux — who rapped in her native tongue of Spanish — and D.C. native Nonchalant took the mic. Also, a group of Black Girls Rock mentees took the stage to perform “What Do They Call Me,” an original piece that stole the show.
Grammy nominated Maimouna Youssef took the stage to remix Lorde‘s “Royals.” The D.C. native undoubtedly impressed the crowd with that one. 9th Wonder‘s new artist Rapsody was up next, followed by Bev Bond who spun an old school hip hop set. People were literally partying up in the Kennedy Center.
Hip Hop violinist Miri Ben Ari opened for the headliner, Lauryn Hill, by doing a hip hop medley that included “Dim the Lights.”
Of course the crowd could not wait until Ms. Lauryn Hill touched the stage. Dressed in a glamourized jersey and floor-length skirt, Lauryn performed remixed versions of her hit songs.
Watch Ms. Hill break down “Lost Ones”:
In awe watching @mrslaurynhill at @rocklikeagirl. She is a genius! 1 of the illest 2 ever do it! Brilliant! Smart! Innovative! Amazing! Wow!
— beverly bond (@BEVERLYBOND) April 6, 2014
— MichaelaAngela Davis (@MichaelaAngelaD) April 6, 2014
— DJ Heat (@DJHeatDC) April 6, 2014