About Us

Students for Hip-Hop is a collective of students, community members and organizers in the Bay Area that was cultivated on the UC Berkeley campus in 1995. What began as a small group of Cal students who were just looking for other hip-hop heads in the area to chill with and throw parties, has grown to be one of the most well-recognized unofficial non-profit organizations in the East Bay promoting hip-hop music, culture, and academia. Students for Hip-Hop has found ways to incorporate the career interests of its members, while staying true to the culture’s principles, by creating committees that deal with the organization’s finances, publicity, graphic art/ media, journalistic publications, and community outreach, all the while working to help make thrive the music and culture they originally fell in love with.

SFHH is responsible for the annual free/all ages Hip-Hop in the Park concert held @ People’s Park in Berkeley, California for over 10 years. The group also organizes a monthly block-party style event known as “Rock the Block,” which is a tribute show to the original 4 elements of hip-hop. Local MCs, DJs, bboys/bgirls, and graph artists are invited to this event to show their skills and hopefully gain recognition from the surrounding community.

This space, however, as well as all the creative spaces that SFHH makes available to the public, are also meant to spark progressive and thoughtful dialogue about the state of hip-hop culture and how we all can participate in the positive and productive growth of what has become the most globally recognized (and often feared, due to frequent misrepresentations) pop culture of the 21st century.

We are always looking for fresh artists trying to come up in the hip-hop game, especially those who support our views on youth education, respect for women, the struggle for social justice, and a more positive reflection of our culture in the media. If you’d like to find out more about how you can perform at one of our events or get involved with our coordinating committees, please holla at us.

1 Love 1 Struggle Hip-Hop You the Love of my Life



14 responses to “About Us”

  1. Cheddy says :

    Peace and what up fam. I’m really diggin what you guys are doing, keep up the solid work.

    My name is Cheddy, I represent a Hiphop Movement/Group called, Rebels To The Grain. We just got back from a small tour overseas which was off the hook. Amsterdam is the place to be. We are now working on a new project and booking shows. I wanted to link up with you guys and possibly hook up an upcoming event and show the people some fresh LA Hiphop. Our group is always down and motivated in spreading the word in any show that we do. Feel free to check out our music @

    http://www.myspace.com/rebelstothegrain http://www.rebelstothegrain.com : I can also send you a press kit if you’d like.

    Peace and lets connect,

  2. Jason says :

    Wadup. I was wonderin if there was anymore slots open to get on the lineup of Hip Hop In The Park this year. I was referred here by Erik Estrada, I believe he used to work on your guys’ staff a while ago. Please let me know what the deal is.

    you can check out my group’s myspace:


    (510) 552-6007

  3. diggy says :

    I am looking for info on how to get Poeticali Distherbd to perform at Hip Hop in the Park or any other Cal Hip Hop events this year. Please contact me directly at bng_23@yahoo.com.

    One Love


  4. Jay says :

    Hi everyone,
    I love calhiphop.net and am getting tons of local hiphop informations here. I came from Korea, and am writing as a contributer for a Korean hiphop webzine. I really want to get a chance to talk with you guys about the local hip hop scene, especially the events like ‘hip hop in the park.’
    So I can introduce UCB Students for Hip Hop and the bay area hip hop to Korean hip hop fans.
    Please email me.

  5. shaden / dj lady sha says :

    Students for Hip Hop is the reason for the course of my life unfolding as so…. so many memories, tabling moments, hip hop in the park laughs, and meeting goofiness…. keep it up ya’ll… there’s a history to carry on here.

  6. K. Carlz Jr. says :

    Does ADIA get to read these?!?! If so, suuuupppp Adia??!?!! 🙂 Just sending some luv to the CAL Hip-Hoppers!

  7. kahlil says :

    It goes on and on and on.. till the break of dawn. We should definatly work on documentation of past years of hip hop in the park and add more to the history of the organization.. Student 4 Hip Hop.. 94

    one luv, kahlil


  8. T. Compost says :

    Hey, This year is the 40th Anniversary of the Creation of People’s Park, an amazing outpouring of many different folks reclaiming land stolen by the University through the abuse of eminent domain. There will be a series of events celebrating and remembering this important history of the People starting the week preceeding 2009 Hip Hop in the Park.
    It would be great to mix it up a little, some Hip Hop artists at the Anniversary concerts or events and Hip Hop in the Park doing something to honor the Park’s birthday.

    Anyone with ideas or energy are welcome at the anniversary planning meetings. Sun Dec. 14th noon at La Pena 3105 Shattuck and Sunday Jan 11th location to be announced. Join the listserve:

  9. Jeffrey Harry says :

    We are hosting these two young rappers from Japan (Ages 18 and 20) for the next week (March 4th – March 11th), and we are looking for some Hip Hop events or places that they would be able to get into (Under 21) as well as places where they would be able to get on the mic. Do you know of any places or upcoming events happening in the Bay area where they can get on the Mic or see good Hip Hop.

    I’d greatly appreciate any suggestions you might have.


    Jeff Harry

  10. Dan Perez says :

    “P.A.T.H.” (which stands for Preserving, Archiving and Teaching Hip-Hop History) is the new film by award-winning documentary filmmaker Dan Perez. It documents the P.A.T.H. Hip-Hop Academy, the first ever summer camp of it’s kind in Miami. During the four week camp, teenagers from ages 13-18 studied Hip-Hop history, the art of deejaying, emceeing (rapping), B-boying and B-girling (break-dancing), and urban art.
    Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0n4Ro7y2Yc
    We are looking for locations/festivals that might be interested in screening our film. Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions or be interested in our film.
    Thank you!

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  12. Olajuwon Thornton says :

    Hi my name is Olajuwon K.H.Thornton I work for the City of San Pablo I am trying to start a hip-hop in the park for the city of San Pablo…I would like to set a meeting date so we could talk….we would like to do this event next year 2013 for the summer time…

  13. Sharmaarke Purcell says :

    Hello my name is Sharmaarke Purcell, other wise known by my stage name L.Rucus. I’m a local Mc from Vallejo, Ca focusing on Hip/Hop and Urban styles of music. My mixtape “Sweet Dreams” lrucus.bandcamp.com is currently being rotated at local colleges such as Sf State and others. I have a good fanbase and have opened for large names such as Fashawn(XXL Freshman 2010, Rock the Bells act with Murs) and coming this Dec 22 LoveRance(UP remix ft. 50cent). I am currently working college shows and venues to increase my fanbase, and would love to perform at your next Hip/Hop in the Park 2013. I hope to talk further and work with you and other Music enthusiasts.

    Here is link to my latest mixtape “Sweet Dreams” lrucus.bandcamp.com

    -L’s up-

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