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Hip Hop in the Park 2012 – POSTER/LINEUP

After a couple months of contacting, negotiating and organizing, we are happy to announce the lineup for the 16th annual Hip Hop in the Park!  This year’s show will be headlined by Los Angeles rapper Dumbfoundead and Bay Area wordsmith Gift of Gab of the duo Blackalicious.  Going down Saturday May 5th noon – 5 pm for free in People’s Park in Berkeley, CA.

Sponsored by

Amoeba Music:

All Tribes SF Chapter Zulu Nation

Asian Pacific American Student Development @ UC Berkeley

Berkeley Student Cooperative

Associated Students of UC Berkeley (ASUC)

For more info and updates, make sure to RSVP to our Facebook event!

Event this Friday: Beats, Rhymes and Mics @ UC Berkeley’s Multicultural Center

Do you love hip-hop, spoken word, and/or electronic music?
Are you interested in joining students for hip-hop, CalSLAM, or elecTONIC and want to find out more about what each student organization does?

If so, come to the MCC on September 9th to see each group in action. elecTONIC will start the night off with some student DJs, CalSLAM poets will grace the mic with their poetry, and students for hip-hop will end the night by bringing out a few local hip-hop artists – Maddy of Canary Sing, Dyna*Mic, and Second Nature.

Want to perform at the CalSLAM Open Mic? Sign-ups start 30 minutes before show time!

Find your niche at Cal – see if you want to be a part of any of these dope arts organizations!



1st Annual International Hip Hop Fest 4/2 @ La Pena Cultural Center

Courtesy of VivaLaHipHop!

an event to celebrate Hip Hop Culture at an International level.

The goal is to promote international understanding and community development through this education-oriented and politically revolutionary medium we all know as ‘Hip Hop” focusing on its global potency and proliferation to unify.

This year we are bringing some of the most innovative artists
from Latin America and Japan

Vomito Liriko(Oakland/Mexico)

Raw-G (Oakland/Mexico)
Ximbo (Mexico)
Skool 77 (GDL Mexico)http://skool77.wordpress.c om/
Kensho Kuma (Tokyo Japan)
D.U.S.T (South Afrika)
DJ Leydis (Cuba)
DJ Julicio (Chile)
Art and Live painting by
Jewelry & Clothing by ITAL PINAY DESIGNS

$12 cover :: All ages :: Doors 7:30pm

La Pena Cultural center

3105 Shattuck  Ave Berkeley , CA


High Fidelity // 2nd & 4th Thursdays @ Beta Lounge, 2129 Durant Ave

Yo peep this!  Found out about a cool event going on every other Thursday at local wine & sake bar Beta Lounge near Oxford and Durant.  This past Thursday saw DJs spinning four hours of new and unreleased Trackademicks productions AND Trackademicks & Josie Stingray of HNRL themselves made it out for the night to support Trackademicks’s debut solo album “State of the Arts” (which is a joy for those into DJ Quik-style production).  I was thrilled to meet and chat some with the Alameda-based producer, and the happy hour prices til 9 pm didn’t hurt either.  On February 10th, there will be a celebration of J Dilla productions and crate-digging on the anniversary of the late pioneer producer’s death.  Join me there if you can, it should be a good one!

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Under the Bay concert this Friday 11/12, 9 PM @ Shattuck Downlow (21+)

So coming back on the BART from the Giants championship parade last Wednesday, I had a chance encounter with Em Dub, the founder of the site Thizzler on the Roof, a phenomenal site for local Bay Area hip hop of all types. While I could speak a lot about the site’s features, I wanted to spread word about an upcoming show that he is sponsoring, the first ever Under The Bay concert, this Friday, November 12th at the Shattuck Downlow (2284 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley CA 94720).

The event features a massive lineup of underexposed talent:

San Quinn
The FNM (Nio Tha Gift, Erk Tha Jerk, Willie Joe and Traxamillion)
Roach Gigz
Young Gully
ST Spittin

The event is hosted by DJ Amen from KMEL. It is ages 21 and over. You can buy discounted presale tickets at

Under The Bay is a weekly video interview series presented by Thizzler On The Roof showcasing Bay Area artists. See episodes of Under The Bay at his website y’all!

Fresh Fridays @ Beta Lounge

Hollaback to the cool cats at the Beta Lounge who put on a night of chill hip-hop, soul, funk, reggae and downtempo music called “Fresh Fridays”. This is their first time back doing it since May and since the lounge is so close to campus (on 2129 Durant Ave right at Oxford St, across from the Buddhist library and Shell station), they’d love to see some Cal students there.

It’s a relatively small place compared to Shattuck Downlow, but its a chill new lounge that serves beer on tap, wine and sake (no full bar). The first night back has resident DJs Olly and Psani spinning from 9pm-1am. Free, no dress code. Maybe I’ll see you there!

Music Swap TONIGHT! 7:30 PM @ 234 Dwinelle

Having a hard time finding new hip hop music to listen to?  Do you have some music you’re dying to share with others?

Students for hip-hop’s second music swap of the year is TONIGHT! Come chill and trade/listen to music with Cal’s hip-hop heads.

The event starts at 7:30 in 254 Dwinelle.  Don’t forget your computer and/or harddrive!