Chreece (photo cred.

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The capital city of Indiana is heralded for spectacles in racing and legends on the hardwood and gridiron, but when it comes to Hip-Hop, Indy has lived up to it’s nickname of being a nap town in regards to being slept on as a region for talent. As a former independent artist and lifetime resident of Indy, I can attest to the abundance of talent that runs rampant here as well as the plethora of pitfalls that await an artist seeking the spotlight in the genre.

From Left: Jay Brookins, Oreo Jones, DJ Indiana Jones (photo cred.

Through the collective visioning of Oreo Jones and Jay Brookins, they created Chreece with the intent to alter the landscape of arts & entertainment in Indy with an all-day festival committed to the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop. It would serve as a platform for native artists here who for years could only be heard by either word of mouth or by association. They felt it was time that the Circle City was recognized as a region in the Midwest with the potential to be the next mecca in the movement.

Chreece Line-up 2019 (photo cred. Chreece FB page)

Held in Fountain Square, located just south of downtown Indianapolis, this area was once seen as an eyesore, complete with run down buildings and illicit drug use. The present day Fountain Square exists due to the influence of Chreece as over time, several businesses in the area now thrive due to converting their establishments to include a stage for artists to perform live. Eight venues in all house the annual event with all aspects of Hip-Hop on full display. 

This year the event featured over 70 acts including two dance battles and performances from Griselda Records, Sadat X and headliner Talib Kweli. As a Hip-Hop head, it was sensory overload in terms of trying to figure out how could I see Kweli perform but also catch my favorite Naptown emcees.

Fountain Square Theater packed to capacity for Talib Kweli (photo cred. Chreece FB page)

Chreece also featured original compositions from both DJ’s and producers that filled the ears of all present on Fountain Plaza. With it’s growing list of sponsorship and backing from the city, it’s no secret that there’s more than corn in Indiana and the stock of Hip-Hop here is rising to unbelievable heights.

For more information on Chreece and to see the sights of this year’s event, please visit their website and follow Chreece on social media:

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Happy New Year! I hope everyone’s year is off to a great start. As you may know, I ended 2017 with the Sza Ctrl concert review. I felt it was only right to begin 2018 with me on the scene at an amazing local show. Cause my hometown of Indianapolis has some phenomenal talent. This past Saturday I was back at the Hi-Fi in the Fountain Square area for Hi-Fi Hip Hop. The Fountain Square area has been embracing the hip-hop scene and culture for a while now. I braced the cold weather to come see the talented Diop perform. I love his unique sound and flow. A few of my favorite songs are Flex (Hey), Stat Stacking and LowKey, LowKey. Even though, he was fighting a cold, Diop still did a dope. Besides doing some songs the crowd was familiar with, he gave us a taste of 2 new songs. One which drops today with another Indianapolis talent by the name Dosè called, 4 Me.

Diop has been making some major moves, from shooting a music video in Africa and has the song, LowKey, LowKey on Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It series on Netflix. Sometime this month I will get to sit down with Diop to talk music and some other things. So stay tuned for that.

As always, it’s your girl NaeNae bringing you that Straight Official #NaeNaeOnTheScene coverage.

Peace and Blessings.

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