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Hope 4 Hip Hop Preserves and Reanimates History for the Next Generation
Hip-hop is a melting pot, a mestizo of the arts.”
"...late Seventies, when DJ Kool Herc's revolutionary sound brought hip-hop from the Bronx to take the South by storm...."

Oct. 15, 2021 Arts Feature by Adam Wood

Creating Space for Queers in Hip Hop
LGBTQ hip hop festival addresses the queer elephant in the corner
" marks the official start of Austin’s first queer hip-hop festival. Aiming to be the largest festival of its..."

March 9, 2016 Qmmunity Post by Sarah Marloff

Civil Rights v. Hip-Hop
Martin Luther King v. Jay Z
"...Oprah’s Master Class, rap giant Jay Z postulated that hip-hop had done more for race relations than most civil..."

Jan. 20, 2015 Music Post by Kahron Spearman

Austin Hip-Hop is Here
Austin's Mic Exchange creates a platform for local hip-hop artists
"...the electric and contagious energy of performers and avid hip-hop supporters...."

Aug. 7, 2014 Events Post by Laila Karabash

Weird City Hip-Hop Canceled
Local festival’s second year is scratched out
"...kickoff, organizers have pulled the plug on Weird City Hip-Hop Fest. The cancellation comes as a result of poor..."

Aug. 31, 2015 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

SXSW Music Panel: The Hip-Hop Bubble That Popped Culture
Long ignored, the genre now takes industry to the next level
"...of the black dollar, and I’ve always felt like hip-hop is the musical extension of that,” Rebecca “Dimplez” Ijeoma..."

March 15, 2019 SXSW Post by Derek Udensi

Playback: Hip-Hop at Home With the Armadillo
Weird City Hip-Hop takes another strike, but Austin City Limits hits a home run in landing Kendrick Lamar taping
"...Weird City Hip-Hop Fest can't catch a break. Saturday's unrelenting rains washed..."

Oct. 30, 2015 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Hip-Hop to Pop-Punk, Yung Mijita Knows Her Audience
Austin DJ chats following mosh-along This Is Austin, Not That Great set
"...Great launched its comeback after a three-year hiatus with hip-hop...."

March 6, 2023 Music Post by Katie Karp

Hip-Hop Now Sucks?
What does that even mean?
"...“Hip-hop sucks nowadays” – you’ve seen it on various local..."

Feb. 9, 2016 Music Post by Kahron Spearman

Tests of Mettle in Austin Hip-hop
Stop passive-aggressive and aggressively-passive mediocrity
"...Austin’s rap scene is one of immense growth and..."

March 3, 2015 Music Post by Kahron Spearman

Weird City Hip-Hop Festival: Dilated Peoples
Rakaa Iriscience: “People demand better, they’re gonna get better”
"...Photography, the Los Angeles trio co-headlines the Weird City Hip-Hop Festival on Saturday at the weekend’s headquarters, Empire Control..."

Sept. 25, 2014 Music Post by Kahron Spearman

Weird City Hip-Hop Festival Re-Ups
ATX’s early fall classic serves up a sophomore swang and bang
"...The Weird City Hip-Hop Festival returns for a second year with a vengeance,..."

July 15, 2015 Music Post by Kahron Spearman

EMERGE: The Four Elements of Hip Hop – Right Here, Right Now!
Annual celebration of graffiti culture goes bigger this Saturday

April 22, 2015 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Weird City Hip-Hop Live Shot: Guilty Simpson
Detroit MC calls it: “Weird City, first of many”
"...a strong, no-frills performance. Guilty brings Detroit and its hip-hop history everywhere he rocks a mic. Friday night at..."

Sept. 27, 2014 Music Post by Kahron Spearman

Austin's Hip-Hop Pioneers, in Their Own Words
The Austin History Center-archived rappers and industry innovators share stories
" keep this year's globally feted 50th anniversary of hip-hop rolling. On Sept. 17 at the Central Library, the..."

Sept. 15, 2023 Music Feature by Rachel Rascoe

Ways to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop in Austin
The Illharmonic Orchestra, Bavu Blakes, and more reflect on the genre's golden jubilee
"...of legend and serves as the ceremonial birthdate of hip-hop...."

Aug. 11, 2023 Music Feature by Genevieve Wood

Hip-Hop on the Verge
Austin finally cemented a scene, but who will break out nationally?
"...NickNack, Tee-Double, DJ Phyfteen, Gerald G. Through his weekly Hip-Hop Humpdays at the Mercury (now Parish), he and MCs..."

Jan. 16, 2015 Music Feature by Chase Hoffberger

The Next Generation of Austin Hip-Hop
Young rappers reinvent the most streamed genre in America
"...crowd, especially those sporting chains and wife beaters. One hip-hop pop-up showcased recently at a dubious strip mall in..."

Aug. 31, 2018 Music Feature by Clara Wang

"My Energy, How I Move": Blakchyl's Evolving Hip-Hop Embodies Austin's Eastside
The 78702 rapper on exploring beyond her comfort zone
" back to her formative years in a youth hip-hop program and exploits with longtime musical group Mindz of..."

July 14, 2023 Music Feature by Derek Udensi

Residential Address: The College of Hip-Hop Knowledge Schools Austin on Homegrown and National Talent
Organized Konfusion's Prince Po joins Fresh Fridaze on July 14
"...Michael "Big Mic" Pereida, co-founder of CHHK, the Austin-based hip-hop collective that has hosted Fresh Fridaze since 2019. "We..."

July 7, 2023 Music Column by Gary Lindsey

A Rhythmic Ray of Light: Austin Community College's Hip-Hop Production Instructor Ray LaManna
From prisoner to professor, he wants to change people's lives
"...This feels more like a hip-hop studio than a traditional classroom environment, which is fitting:..."

Oct. 29, 2021 Music Feature by Derek Udensi

Austin Hip-Hop Pioneer Tee Double Perseveres
Holding the vision through institutional racism, isolation, and a double transplant
"...Austin's most appropriate ambassador of a rich and burgeoning hip-hop culture, a thoroughly self-made embodiment of the scene's oft-tempered..."

Feb. 12, 2021 Music Feature by Kahron Spearman

SXSW Eco: A Better City Built to a Hip-Hop Beat
How architecture can be used to challenge injustice
" of architects subverting this status quo by merging hip-hop with architecture. Hip-hop, by its very nature, is "ephemeral"..."

Oct. 7, 2016 News Feature by Annamarya Scaccia

Producer Christian Herrera Is Building a Hub for Austin Hip-Hop
Elevate studio expands into South Austin multiuse creative space
"...was to create music, becoming one of Austin's foremost hip-hop producers. Full-circle, Herrera now builds a large, multiuse recording..."

Nov. 25, 2022 Music Feature by Clara Wang

Crosstalk: Miss Manners Retires From Hip Hop Hooray After 15 Years, and More Music News
DAWA Fund apps open May 15 and Lizzy McAlpine melts ACL Live
"...15 years spent highlighting diverse voices in the local hip-hop scene on the volunteer-run community station, Manners shared her..."

May 12, 2023 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

Weird City Hip-Hop 1.5
Organizers of canceled festival schedule a locally-focused makeup
"...Austin’s only dedicated hip-hop festival floundered this month when poor pre-sales and headliner..."

Sept. 21, 2015 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Top 20 Hip-Hop Artists at SXSW Music
"...Funkadelic funk, hippie rhymes, and mercurial samples, it welcomed hip-hop to the weird outliers...."

March 15, 2019 Music Feature by Alejandra Ramirez

Rapper Mama Duke Queers Up Austin's Hip-Hop Scene
With weekly performances and a new EP, nothing's stopping Kori Duke
" That attitude has helped her win two Austin Hip-Hop awards: Artist of the Year and Female Artist of..."

Aug. 15, 2018 Qmmunity Post by Beth Sullivan

SXSW Music's Hip-Hop Hierarchy
From up-and-comers to rap royalty, 20 key sets to see
"...the Houston rapper born Bernard Freeman built a Southern hip-hop franchise with Trill (2005), II Trill (2008), Trill OG..."

March 16, 2018 Music Feature by Alejandra Ramirez

Playback: The King of Hip-Hop
MLK Day, ready-made for hip-hop, plus Fun Fun Fun Fest lands back at Auditorium Shores, and RIP Will Indian
"..."The connection between Martin Luther King and the hip-hop audience is pretty obvious," asserts local MC Bavu Blakes...."

Jan. 17, 2014 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

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