Hip Hop Summit 2017

Teach-In: Speaking Your Truth to Power

Facilitated by: Raymond Patton

Tuesday, September 12th     12-2:30 pm

University Student Commons- Suite 215

Hip Hop is a culture which is quite misunderstood.  It is almost exclusively known for only one aspect of the culture; rap music usually dominates the conversation when it comes to Hip Hop in most circles of mainstream America.  Hip Hop is complex and has many layers which make up its vibrant soul.  Although rap music is the most popular aspect of the culture at this time, it is far from the only element, which makes it a culture which is celebrated and adored all over the world. 

 Hip Hop has a rich and colorful history, which is rooted in the various traditions from the continent of Africa, the islands of the Caribbean amalgamated in with experiences from post-slavery America. 

This culture has transcended race, language, culture, politics and time.  It has become entrenched in the fabric of the world and the world has expressed its love for it.  The four elements of Hip Hop have created a multitude of movements, which has spawned two generations of creative energy, and its momentum is full throttle with no end in sight.



Film Screening: Fresh Dressed

Wednesday, September 13th     12:30-2:30 pm

University Student Commons Theater

Fresh Dressed is a fascinating chronicle of hip-hop, urban fashion, and the hustle that brought oversized pants and graffiti-drenched jackets from Orchard Street to high fashion catwalks and Middle America shopping malls. Director Sacha Jenkins' music-drenched history draws from a rich mix of archival materials and in-depth interviews with rappers, designers, and other industry insiders.


Foundations of Hip Hop: If ya don't know, now ya know!     

Wednesday, September 13th     6-8 pm

University Student Commons - Richmond Salons

A panel discussion featuring the iconic Jorge “Fabel” Pabon, Grandmaster Caz, and Roxanne Shante. Richmond’s own DJ Lonnie B will be moderating a discussion with our panel. These legends of hip hop will be discussing how this genre has changed the landscape of music, dance, and hip hop as a social justice movement. You don’t want to miss this event!!!!


Teach-In: Holla If Ya Hear Me

Facilitated by: Brittney Maddox

Thursday September 14th     10am-12 pm

University Student Commons- Richmond Salons

This presentation is about hip-hop's relationship to rappers and other urban artists. We will talk about prominent rappers who have shared their experience, party culture as self-medication, and gender expectations within hip-hop. We will also talk about how hyper masculinity within mainstream hip hop subjugates women and lgbtqia people. Activities include decoding lyrics, consumerism, perception vs. reality.


Film Screening: The Legend Of Cool Disco Dan

Thursday, September 14th    2-4 pm

University Student Commons- Suite 215

The Legend of COOL “DISCO” DAN is a feature documentary narrated by D.C. native Henry Rollins that tells the story of Washington, D.C. in the 1980s through the eyes of D.C. graffiti legend, COOL “DISCO” DAN. Blending exclusive interviews with dozens of local and national celebrities along with archival footage, Washington natives offer the most comprehensive portrait to date on this critical decade. The development of Go-Go, D.C.’s distinctive style of urban music, racial tensions, crews, sensationalist media, crack, and graffiti are important pieces of this story.


Hip Hop Icons: An Evening with MC Lyte and Mad Skillz

Thursday, September 14th      7-9 pm

University Student Commons- Richmond Salons

In October 2006, MC Lyte was one of the honored artists on VH1's annual award show Hip Hop Honors.[25] She was joined by fellow female MC's Da Brat, Remy Ma, and Lil' Kim as they performed some of her tracks, such as "Cha Cha Cha", "Lyte as a Rock", "Paper-Thin", and "Ruffneck".

In 2013, MC Lyte received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Hip Hop Inaugural Ball. She was the first female solo hip hop artist to receive BET's "I Am Hip Hop" Icon Lifetime Achievement Award. making her the first female solo hip hop artist to receive the honor from the network.

Mad Skillz is an American rapper known for his acclaimed 1996 album From Where???, a reference to his origins in Virginia, not the stereotypical New York City or Los Angeles rapper,[3] and he's also known for his yearly "Rap Ups," which he has done annually since 2002 (except in 2013).

Skillz is credited for putting Virginia on the hip hop map as he was the first artist to break out nationally from the state, while having performed and collaborated with The Roots, Nas, Missy Elliott, Cee Lo Green, Diddy, Raheem Devaughn, Musiq Soulchild, Pharrell Williams, Bilal, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Q-Tip, Large Professor, Chris Brown, Freeway, Travis Barker, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Jazze Pha, Will Smith, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and DJ AM, among others.


Art of Noise

Featuring Kelli Lemon, Mad Skillz, and DJ Lonnie B

Friday, September 15th        8pm-12 am

Larrick Student Center- Gym

DJaying is an Art. They won't just play songs, they’ll paint pictures with sounds and enhance what a person is feeling based on what they’re playing. Come join us for this old skool hip hop party and wear comfortable shoes!

*Registration is required: https://goo.gl/iaFHm6

Please Note: Students must attend 2 or more Hip Hop Summit events to attend the Art of Noise