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.
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