And in a way, we are. The fliers are mostly for Kings of the Iron Mic, Goins's stellar hip-hop series that's celebrating its third anniversary Sunday, May 26, at the Grog Shop. Since its inception, Kings (held four times a year) has breathed new life into the Cleveland hip-hop underground by providing a positive, steady outlet for some of the town's most progressive rhymers.
"Hip-hop in Cleveland was homeless," Goins says of the scene prior to the launch of Kings. "We gave MCs a home to come and do their thing. There was nothing like this going on when we started doing this, and it got other promoters to start doing more of the same."