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The Essence Of Hip-Hop

Written by Courtney Clemente


      This past weekend, the African Latino Society celebrated Hip-Hop History month with a two day event titled, “The Essence of Hip-Hop” in Emerson Suites. On Saturday night, audiences enjoyed performances by DJ Kuttin Kandi, Hip-hop activist and author JLove, and M1 of Dead Prez, a hip-hop artist who focuses on political action. M1 organized and became the local president of the Brooklyn Chapter of the National Peoples Democratic Uhuru Movement and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. 

     IC Breakers, Ithaca’s break dancing team, performed their moves and graffiti artists presented their work on displays throughout the venue. The Parle Poetry Tour performed an emotional set of spoken word poetry to a captivated audience. 

     The highlight of the weekend was Sunday night’s performance by Tonedeff, Substantial, CunninLynguists, and PackFM of QN5 Music, an independent hip-hop record label based in New York. The energy of these rappers had audience members jumping, dancing, and screaming in excitement. QN5 identifies themselves as part of “the new hip-hop” movement, which calls for quality and balanced hip-hop at a time when many mainstream hip-hop artists are concerned with the “get-rich-quick” mentality at the cost of making quality hip-hop music. 



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