As summer approaches and the beats keep rolling in Students for Hip Hop invites you to embark on a vibrational journey as we showcase the best in hip hop culture at our 17th annual Hip Hop in the Park on May 4th.
This years line up is one of the most diverse to date. Headlining this event will be “Detroit’s best kept secret,” Elzhi, a former member of Slum Village. This rapper worked with the legendary J Dilla so you know he won’t disappoint. Female MC extraordinary Aisha Fukushima will be bringing her Raptavism rhetoric to the table in an intelligent yet body bouncing fashion. Ensemble Mik Nawooj is the epitome of high-end orchestrated hip-hop merging classical, jazz, and hip hop music to deliver a one-of a kind performance unseen at many shows. Hoodini, Rico Pabon, and Nu Dekades will be bringing cultural diversity to the line-up and will further the goal of this event in terms of bridging the gap between all communities. G-Jones, a young producer who hails from Santa Cruz will keep listeners intrigued through his one of a kind instrumental/experimental/trap beats. Tying everything together will be our humble host, Gigio, and to open the event Ryse Youth Center will represent the Bay Area with some youthful swag.
As always our yearly hip-hop festival will take place in People’s Park and will bring the UC Berkeley and the entire Bay area Hip-hop community together to enjoy live music, graffiti art, dancing, and djing.
Here are an article and a video about our event last year:
It’s gunna be off the hook and the best part about it is its FREE!
Day: May 4th
Time: noon to 5
Place: People’s Park, between Dwight and Haste off of Telegraph Ave
Lineup: Our headliner this year is Elzhi!
Ensemble Mik Nawooj
Ryse Youth Center ft Rico Pabon
and is hosted by Gigio.
Koo C of Zulu Nation will be DJing the main stage.
We also have a dance cypher with DJ O Aces. Any dancer is welcome to join in the cypher.
And as always, we have our live graffiti art set up all day on the grass.
Berkeley Student Cooperative: bsc.coop.
Residence Hall Association
Student Opportunity Fund
Ethnic Studies 5th Account
SF Chapter Zulu Nation
Multicultural Community Fund
First of all, thanks to everyone who came out to hip-hop in the park yesterday!! I think everyone will agree when I say it was super dope! Also thanks to everyone who helped us out 🙂
Secondly, Invincible, who had a set right before Blue Scholars yesterday, led a great workshop on getting rid of misogyny and homophobia in hip-hop (and elsewhere) and sticking up for unheard voices a couple days ago. I just want to encourage everyone to check out these two websites which she told us about:
Some things we talked about in the workshop that I want to pass along are:
-we need to recruit more girls for s4hh!
-djs should bring mics to their events and give a blurb about the female or gay artists they play
-when anyone hears anyone putting forth any ideas that are misogynistic or homophobic, they should start discussions about it and make them question their views.
-share cds by dope female artists with your friends!
Hey guys, just found this sick free mixtape Luckyiam (of the Living Legends) made in celebration of his birthday last year. It’s called “The Present.”
Download/read more about it here:
Incidentally, I first heard this guy when he opened for an Atmosphere show a couple years ago. Thought this would be pertinent because of the recent Overcast post..
He is on Atmosphere’s label Rhymesayers, which in my opinion has been putting out the best independent hip-hop recently..Brother Ali is also on this label. Ya’ll should check out everyone else on Rhymesayers as well.
Anyway, Mac Lethal is an MC from Kansas City, Missouri. As well as being signed on by Rhymesayers he has also started his own label called Blackclover, which is also worth checking out. His flow is mad crazy and his lyrics are edgy and original. The content of his music is a good mix of personal experience and political commentary. Also, he has a bit of a country music flare, often featuring harmonica underneath his raps, which surprisingly sounds super dope in my opinion. I really like this cd 11:11. Check out “Know it all” and “Calm Down Baby.”
02 Calm Down Baby
03 Rotten Apple Pie
04 Makeout Bandit
05 Pound That Beer
08 Know It All
10 Die Slow
11 Lithium Lips
12 Tell Me Goodbye
13 Sun Storm
14 11 Out Of 10 (Bonus Track)
Download it here:
Hey guys, you should check out this British RnB/rap duo Floetry. The two women, Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart, sing a lot but when they do rap it’s amazing and even cooler because they have accents 🙂 This is their first cd, Floetic, released in 2002. Check out the title song “Floetic”!
1. Big Ben
3. Ms. Stress
5. Getting Late
7. Mr. Messed Up
8. Say Yes
11. Hey You
12. If I Was a Bird
16. Now You’re Gone (More than I Can Feel)
My good friend Brittany just told me she found some new underground artists by – get this- listening to the radio! She was listening to Power 106 late at night, maybe midnight to two in the morning, and she said they were playing good music! I can’t take advantage of this cause I don’t live in LA, but just wanted to give you LA folks the heads up…
According to Wikipedia, “Sway & King Tech’s The Wake Up Show which airs on Sunday evenings has taken the place of Friday Night Flavas as Power 106’s underground hip hop mix show.”
She told me about two mcs in particular I should check out, and I’ll pass on the advise to you: Termanology, and Kam Moye
They’re pretty legit.