Sarasota, Florida -- Sarasota is not just for retirees anymore. A new form of hip hop is taking over the city. Local artists presented "hip hop with a cause" at "J-Dubs brewing Company and tap room" this evening.
This kind of hip Hip Hop puts the spotlight on social issues such as our veterans, the homeless, poverty, advocating for animals and holding our kids accountable for their actions.
It's these positive messages helping Hip Hop to expand in Sarasota for people of all ages, social economic status or demographic.
"We're trying to preach social change all the ills that plague society. We as musicians feel we have a responsibility to use our lyrics and our words to change things going on on a day-to-day basis," says Ryan Ryanito Larranaga, musician.
Ryanito and the other artists are trying to change the negative image mainstream Hip Hop has today. "Hip Hop is love is something that was originally created to bring people together. Hip Hop with a conscience, conscience music is where it's at today," says Ryanito.
Other Hip Hop artists performing tonight included Michael Mendez "Ocean Symphony", Cliz, Janelle Christine, Monteasy and Ryanito. DJ Galati entertained the crowd between performances.
Artisits who use spray paint on canvas turned out to for a Live demonstration of their work. Artists included Richie Brasil, Sean Snapp Jeremy Bealer and Jack Quack.