The third annual Spirit of Hip-Hop celebrates the four elements and keeps the culture alive

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The Spirit of Hip-Hop is about hip-hop, and it's about art, but it's mostly about community. Each summer, Hip-Hop Congress Denver puts together a park jam to celebrate the culture, and this year, its third, they absolutely nailed it. As with anything, practice makes perfect, and, each year, the Spirit of Hip-Hop gets better.

As the sun blazed at La Raza Park (officially Columbus Park), north Denver was alive with the spirit of hip-hop. With Mane Rok, Es-Nine and Zome behind the grill, the BBQ was smoking and the stage was buzzing with 1984, Prime Element, En Stereo, BigWheel Electrosoul rocking the mike alongside Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples, who made a very special appearance.

In between, DJs Lazy Eyez, Cysko Rokwell, Low Key and MF Kaaos held things down on the turntables, while a cast of b-boys kept it moving on the platform and a sampling of graf artists got down with the cans around the park. Relive some highlights from the afternoon through the lens of Antonio Valenzuela.

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