Beer Festival

5PointzCreates x Hopfest

5 Pointz was created and ran by Meres One, a NY native, from 2002 to 2013 in Long Island City Queens. At the time, it was the largest legal aerosol art showcase in the world. It rapidly became the largest gathering spot and showcase for the 5 elements of hip hop, featuring live painting, concerts, battles, cyphers, b-boy competitions, and beatboxing. After it's abrupt destruction in November 2013, Meres One decided to keep the spirit alive with #5pointzcreates.

How does Hopfest relate to 5Pointz? 

We are honored to partner with Hopfest, and to bring the spirit of 5POINTZCREATES by bringing the major actors of the 5 Pointz scene to Greensboro, North Carolina. We will host many 5 Pointz representatives, such as Marley Marl and DJ-JS1 to Meres One and Sloke One to Mark Martin and Kaila Mullady, the current beatboxing world champion.

Hopfest is taking place this year at Tracks Bazaar in downtown Greensboro, NC. Tracks Bazaar is one of the first few sites you experience when coming off of I-40 into Greensboro. Similar to 5pointz, Hopfest is helping Tracks rebrand and develop a tired former lumber yard into a vibrant, welcoming event space. Hopfest is bringing legendary aerosol artists, DJs, and musicians from 5pointz and the Queens NY area to Greensboro to help transform the space and bring a new attraction to downtown. 

Meres One - Jonathan "Meres One" Cohen was born 1973 in the South Bronx and raised in Queens, New York. Cohen's interest in visual art spans the entirety of his life, but it wasn't until 1987 that Meres One discovered graffiti art and began expressing himself through tags in the streets, graduating to piecing together larger works by 1990 and the birth of his trademark lightbulb, "The Bright Idea."

Using aerosol art as his primary vehicle for expression, Meres One has taken his multi-layered, technically sound, color laden visions from local to global arenas, from street walls to galleries, from head nodding next to the boombox to facilitating and appearing in countless music videos. From Fortune 500 companies like Louis Vuitton, Nikon, Nespresso, Fiat and Facebook, Google, Samsung, Smartcar, and NYCFC to becoming the first graffiti artist hired by a Wine domain from France, to garnering the support and acknowledgement for his selfless efforts at 5 Pointz from the world's most infamous "street vandal" Banksy, Meres One is the pinnacle of visual elevation. A graffiti writer draws his name; Meres One elevates art with a prescient sense of constant innovation and a contagious child-like excitement.

"I don't do graffiti, I am graffiti" - Meres One

DJ Marley Marl - One of hip hop’s first and finest Radio DJs and Super Producers, Marley Marl created many of the sharpest beats and hooks in rap history and continues his industry leadership to the present day. 

Famous for representing the rap Mecca Queensbridge and known for introducing hip hop producers to sampling, Marley, born Marlon Williams, appears at the forefront of many of hip hop’s most important moments and movements: including rocking alongside Mr. Magic on Rap Attack, co-founding the legendary Juice Crew, battling KRS One and BDP in the infamous Bridge Wars, producing LL Cool J’s Mama Said Knock You Out, breaking new talent on Future Flavas, even inspiring the late great Notorious BIG.

Craig G, is an American rapper from Queensbridge, NY.  He is perhaps best known as one of the members of hip hop producer Marley Marl's Cold Chillin' Records group the Juice Crew. 

He recorded the single "Shout Rap" with Marley Marl in 1985 at 12 years old and in 1988 recorded "The Symphony (song)" with the Juice Crew, described by Allmusic as "a landmark moment in the evolution of hardcore rap". He was then signed by Atlantic Records who released two albums, in 1989 and 1991, with little promotion. After his experience with Atlantic his career went quiet for much of the 1990s although later in the decade he regained popularity with underground rap fans. He released another album in 2003 on the D&D label, This Is Now, featuring collaborations with Marley Marl, DJ Premier, and Da Beatminerz.

DJ JS1 - DJ JS-1 is a member of the world famous ROCKSTEADY CREW. He has been touring the world with RAHZEL for over a decade. JS-1 has released numerous albums, 12" singles, mixtapes, battle records and data discs. His album's have featured some of history's greatest MCs with the backing of JS-1's beats, scratches and original production. Most don't know DJ JS-1 is also a graffiti artist at heart and has also put in much work rocking peices all over the world.

Patch Whisky - Patch Whisky is an American muralist, fine artist, and toy maker. His primary medium is aerosol and acrylic paint. Patch's murals can be seen on walls across the country from NYC to Los Angeles to Miami to Honolulu.His work has been featured in numerous galleries and publications including the Museum of Sex in NY,The New York Times, Museum of Art in Columbia,SC and recently in Paris France. Some of his clients include Absolut Vodka, Mellow Mushroom, and Warner Brothers motion pictures.

Stoke One - Nathan "Sloke" Nordstrom is an Austin native who has been producing art professionally since the 1990's. Specializing in the use of spray paint, Sloke trails the world panting murals, and producing art for such companies as Facebook, Nike, Red Bull, Google and Apple Computers. He curates and participates in art shows locally, nationally, and internationally. Stoke also gives back to his community by teaching his methods and techniques to the youth in association with the City of Austin, Austin ISD, and the Mexican American Cultural Center.

Beatbox HouseKaila Mullady is a New York based performer – The 2015 World Beatbox Champion, the current America Vice Beatbox Champion, Loop station champion and three time, reigning Beatrhyme Champion. Kaila performs all over NYC and the country infusing beatboxing, singing, rapping, poetry and theater to push the boundaries of creativity and show just what the human instrument is capable of. Multi-instrumentalist, using a RC 300 she is able to loop guitar, beatboxing and vocals to become a one woman band. One half of the Adventures of Kaila and the Kid and part of NYC’s premier freestyle comedy rap group North Coast, incorporating improv comedy and hip hop.  Teaching workshops all across the country promoting reading, writing and finding your own soul music. Giving back to communities and volunteering is a big part of Kaila’s creative process.

2016 American Beatbox Champion, Mark Martin, is best known for playfully blurring the lines between language and sound through his energetic and dynamic blend of theater, jazz and beatboxing. This blending of storytelling with vocal exploration led him to a 5 year run with international touring musical theater company Voca People, as well as featured appearances on MTV’s hit comedy show Joking Off. Martin has competed in and judged several national and international beatbox battles, recently winning the champion title of the 2016 American Beatbox Championships and the international 2016 BeatRhyme Slam. Martin frequently performs live with a RC-505 loop station to improvise and compose songs using only his voice and beatboxing. Mark enjoys collaborating with other musicians, especially his partner and World Beatbox Champion, Kaila Mullady, in their duo PowerCouple, winning 2nd place in the 2016 American Beatbox Championships in the 2v2 category.