Ped Mall Lessons in Hip Hop-ology (VIDEO)

Storming the Pedestrian Mall on Saturday–with drum machine in tow–were some of Iowa City’s most promising young hip hop artists. By the end of the night, Ion, Staples (]]]]]]), Dadacom, MC Romulan and Earthquake Baby gave us all ample reason to throw our hands in the air.

The show, presented by Tremble Pit Records, marked a refreshing change of pace for the hip hop-starved Fountain Plaza concert series. Check out the following clip to see the Staples duo–featuring Earthquake Baby–collaborate on some new school beats.

Speaking of hip hop, have you downloaded the 2010 local hip hop mix tape, yet? Presented by Little Village Magazine and WFKU Radio, the album boasts 21 hip hop tracks by artists in and around Iowa City. The good news? The album features beats by the very same artists you just watched in the preceding clip. The best news? The album is available free of charge! What are you waiting for?

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