28 years ago this month, The Good Life Cafe in South Central Los Angeles held a weekly open mic night that changed the course of Hip Hop forever.
B. Hall and R. Kaine Blaze allowed fresh emcees to come out Thursday nights to their Cafe on Crenshaw and Exposition in Los Angeles and it slowly became a place where talent flourished.
The Good Life spawned some of the most innovative styles in rap history. Not only was Hip Hop Culture embraced here but the Hip Hop Heads were also exposed to healthy lifestyles due to the organic menu that The Good Life Café provided.
Open mic nights were strict to no cursing, 1 song per artist, and was subject to being taken off the mic if wack.
Crews like Rebels of Rhythm and Unity Committee eventually came to form Jurassic 5. Other crews to spawn out of the Good Life would be Freestyle Fellowship, Hip Hop Klan, Volume 10, Abstract Rude, CVE (Chillin Villian Empire) who would provide production for emcees and the events, The gangsta goddess Medusa, Figures of Speech, Of Mexican Descent, and countless others.
Many people stole or bit the styles that came out of the Good Life and never gave credit to the source and yet The Good Life Café will go down in Hip Hop Culture as one of the most influential meeting spots and outlets for some of Hip Hop’s greatest talents. -Sektah3 for Save the Hip Hop Culture™
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