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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!


RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=185460638194518


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) http://ximbo.com.mx/
Skool 77 (GDL Mexico)http://skool77.wordpress.c om/
Kensho Kuma (Tokyo Japan)http://kenshokuma.com/
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


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 thizzler.com/concert

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!

Shout-Out!: BRWN BFLO

Our headliner for Hip Hop for Justice was very gracious to make the time and put on a set for the crowd that was muy fresco. It was also a homecoming for the progressive Latin hip-hop group, as three of its four members are UC Berkeley Alumni. In other words, this is one of THE hip-hop acts to know if you are reppin’ UC Berkeley Students 4 Hip Hop.

BRWN BFLO, which was formed in 2004 and resides in Oakland, consists of MCs Big Dan, Giant and Somos One and producer Jacinto. Like Mandeep Sethi, they spend time entertaining as well as educating, supporting the local community and spreading messages of violence prevention, cultural pride and La Raza resistance. They have a huge following in the East Bay, having performed at packed local events and in the KALX Berkeley radio station, but are also working hard to get heard across California and beyond, touring with such acts as Michael Franti, singer/songwriter Goapele, Blue Scholars and Zion I on “The Beat Goes On Tour” and “The Taco Truck Tour” (great name). On Cinco de Mayo 2009, they released their self-titled debut with a bonus DVD on their own label to sparkling reviews. That followed with a mixtape called Batos, Baqueros & Busboys. This year, each of the MCs has released a solo mixtape (Giant’s Giant vs. Doom, Big Dan’s Bang for Change, and Somos One’s The Double EP) and continues to perform and record more material to everyone’s delight.

Catch the mixtapes here:

Download “Batos, Baqueros & Busboys”

Somos One – The Double EP

Big Dan – Bang For Change

Giant – Giant vs. Doom (link currently unavailable)

BRWN BFLO’s Facebook Page

BRWN BFLO’s Twitter

BRWN BFLO’s Myspace

Check out a couple vids as well:
the new single from Big Dan and Chingo Bling “Lentes”

their epic music video for “The Reappearance”

New Semester & S4HH Alumni

What’s good world?

Fall 2009 semester just started here at UC Berkeley, so we’re all about to get back on our grind.  With that comes S4HH responsibilities, duties, and ballyhoo.  We have a lot planned for this year and want to continue the rich tradition that previous S4HH members have created here at Cal and in the Bay Area community.  That said, we want to give some shoutouts to all the S4HH alumni that are doing big things:

  • Melanie Cervantes’ art collective exhibiting and teaching ill revolutionary art throughout the bay and US – http://tallertupacamaru.com/
  • DJ Phatrick, who DJ’s for Bambu (formerly of the Native Guns), was instrumental to the club when he was at Cal and was vital in establishing our community presence.  Check out his blog – http://djphatrick.wordpress.com/
  • DJ Lady Sha took the DJ decal her senior year and is now tearing up the entire DJ scene.  She was the first woman to ever with the DJ Spin-Off at the Winter Music Conference in 2008 – http://www.myspace.com/djladysha/
  • Khalil, a dope MC based out of Seattle.  He just got voted reader’s best MC in Seattle by Seattle Weekly, so big ups to him – http://www.khingz.com/

Shoutout to Derek for the idea for this post.  If we forgot any alumni or affiliates, just leave a comment or e-mail us at students4hiphop@gmail.com and we’ll get it up here.  We also created an Alumni section on the right hand side of the website, so we’re trying to connect with all the alumni.

Stay up & peace ya’ll