For the Twin Cities, and Minnesota as a whole, its that time of year again when Hiphoppas in Minnesota will be celebrating the Life of Legendary Hip-Hop and Producer Artist J Dilla with Series of Events March 3th and March 4th!
Dilla is best known for his work with national A-List talent such as A Tribe Called Quest (The Ummah), Erykah Badu, D'Angelo, Slum Village, Dwele, Bilal and so many others within the Boom-Bap, Native Tongue, Neo-Soul circuit. He created a whole new diaspora of sound, groove, and rhythm plushe who is known globally as one of the greatest Deejay/Producers to ever do it!
There are many ways to honor a person of greatness, this could be done through marches, memorials, murals or even song, but bringing people together to witness the battle element of Hip Hop is very unique.
When one thinks of battling particularly in Hip Hop culture, they may think off the top of an MC battle or DJ battle, rarely does our consciousness think about how beat producers’ would battle? Same rules basically as the above two... lose once and you’re out.. only come with your best cause in the famous words of Rakim.. “no mistakes aloud”.
Event Link: www.facebook.com/events/247562005638967
Human dignity is a God given right to everyone who breaths, to live, to truly be free and embrace freedom and liberty in its true sense. This day is dedicated to the people, La Raza, the folks who are struggling, but also the people who have tremendous resilience, in an effort to create real change and give voice to the voiceless.
During a May 17th Meet & Greet, held by the Minneapolis School District to introduce the two finalists for superintendent; Brenda Cassellius and Ed Graff; the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board together with the You(th) Are Here Engagement Team and their Revolutionary Approach to Groundbreaking Empowerment (R.A.G.E.) was in full effect connecting with the two finalists as an advocate for the young people they serve.