This weekend, Helena-West Helena will play host to a rap concert on Cherry Street, Saturday night from 6 to 8 p.m. – a first for the area.

 

This weekend, Helena-West Helena will play host to a rap concert on Cherry Street, Saturday night from 6 to 8 p.m. – a first for the area.
Helena-West Helena has always been the hotspot for festivals and music since the birth of the Blues and when Delta Gospel sprang forth from the alluvial soil.  Locals often talk about having a festival a month in the historic city by the river and now, Greenprint Entertainment, LLC, a local independent Rap and R & B record label run by Jamal Walker, hopes to bring the genre and artists some much needed attention through a free concert. 
The “Welcome 2 My City” concert will feature over 20 popular local artists like J. Whiz, Survivor, Mac Bo, Tommy Block. Da Realist, Ms. Vett, J-Dogg, Kia, Slugg, Chuck Carter, Baby G., 4 Figgaz, Block Boi, C-Way, Lokei, Smoke & H.C.C., Big Tyme Ugly Playa, Mack 50, Bubba B., and many more.
“There’s a lot of hidden talent in the community,” said Walker, who does more than spin records and record albums.  He is a recent graduate and is an attorney for the Helena-West Helena School District.
“It’s going to take some stuff like this to get the Arkansas Rap scene started,” he said, “A lot of cities like Houston Texas, Atlanta, Ga. and Memphis decided to work together and it just took off.”
He hopes to have the community support the event and says the concert will bring the community closer.
“A lot of local talent will be participating.  This is a way for them to get the exposure they need,” commented Walker.
Besides offering a night of free entertainment, Walker says the event also will be a positive experience for his hometown.
“It’s another way to highlight the positive aspects of our community beside the political chaos and violence,” said Walker.
Walker hopes to have another concert in the summer and eventually, have a whole weekend featuring Rap and R & B.
“Every performer is a local artists and I work with most of them.  They are serious, talented and I have a lot of respect for these people, ” commented Walker.