Each year Memphis rap artist Lionheart sponsors a block party on Tate Avenue in South Memphis, featuring live rap performances and free barbecue. The purpose of the Tate Street Block Party is both to encourage youth against violence and also to promote and showcase local music talent. This year, the high points included a young rapper named Tve Bandz (pronounced “Tae Bandz”) who performed along with his even younger sister Breeze, as well as an appearance from the group AirBorn Academy from South Memphis. But there were also a number of newer artists, including one young man called This Some Major. The afternoon was full of music, food and fun, with no incidents whatsoever.
Every year, usually on the first Saturday in June, a block party is held on Tate Street in South Memphis, near the intersection of Crump and Walnut. The event is intended to promote peace, give the neighborhood kids something fun to do, and to provide an opportunity for Memphis’ best rap artists to perform. There’s usually good food, good music and lots of fun.
The crowd at the Tate Street Block Party goes wild as the Trap Mob performs their best-known hit single, 6/8/13
The Trap Mob performs their best-known hit single at the Tate Street Block Party in South Memphis, 6/8/13
The Trap Mob performs their single “Worrisome” at the Tate Street Block Party in South Memphis, 6/8/13
AirBorn Academy performs their latest single “My Instagram” at the Tate Street Block Party in South Memphis, 6/8/13
Memphis rap group AirBorn Academy performs at the annual Tate Street Block Party in South Memphis, 6/8/13