Scribble Jam, touted as “America’s Largest Hip Hop Festival”, has come to be seen as just that. It is the largest public display of underground hip hop that is available in the United States. Co-founded in 1996 by Scribble Magazine and DJ Mr. Dibbs of Atmosphere, the event has called Cincinnati, Ohio home for the last 10 years. Recently, the festival has grown in popularity and now sees tens of thousands of hip hop fans flock to its grounds in early August. The centerpieces of the Scribble Jam festival are the five competitions, four of which are designed to highlight the main aspects of hip hop culture. They include the emcee or freestyle battle, the DJ or scratching competition, the B-boy or breakdancing competition, and the graff-writer or graffiti competition. Recently a Beatbox Battle has been introduced and become a fan favorite. Historically, the most popular of the competitions has been the freestyle battle, although all aspects of the hip hop culture are well represented. In the last five years, guest performances have come to the forefront, bringing in great numbers of fans. Performers include hip-hop greats such as Big Daddy Kane, Adeem, Lyrics Born, Masta Ace, Prince Paul, Wordsworth, Blueprint, Brother Ali, Slug, Eyedea, MURS and many more.