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HipHop Action at a Not-So-Distant campus

Hi Y’all,


Came across the following event and thought it was interesting to see a different twist on how hiphop (dancing in general according to the agenda) could affect communities in non-dance ways.

WU HipHop Week WordPress blog


It’s called HipHop Week and it will be held at WashU, STL. Nov. 9th-14th. Here’s a rundown of the program as described on FB:

(direct FB link:WU HipHop Week FB page)


Hip-Hop Against Hunger: A Week of Cultural and Social Awareness

Headed by Drop Knowledge, this week-long festival explores and celebrates the true elements of hip-hop culture. We will engage the student body in positive forms of self-expression and discussion of social issues through hip-hop as well as enrich the relationships established among already existing student organizations. This week is also a part of an effort to reestablish the Wash U Hip Hop Congress Chapter on campus.

Proceeds raised throughout the week will be benefiting Operation Food Search, a local STL food bank & charity. Donation bins and tabling will be located in the Village Dining Hall, DUC commons, and South 40 eateries, as well as at our events. Official T-shirts will also be for sale ($10/shirt, can use campus card) throughout the week at the DUC Commons.


Monday, Nov. 9 –

ELEVEN Mixtape Exchange (Whisper’s Cafe, DUC Commons, 1-4pm): Blank CDs will be given out on Monday, Nov. 9th; students will then take them back and burn a mixtape of their favorite tracks and return it to the exchange locations on Tuesday, Nov. 10th.

Inklings hosted by WuSlam (Ursa’s Fireside, 8:30-11 PM): A special hip hop week edition of WuSlam’s weekly open mic night; members from Wash U’s premier slam poetry group will perform and lead peers in prompts regarding the theme of “hip hop against hunger.”

Tuesday, Nov. 10 –
Back 2 the Beat: Dance Workshops hosted by OneWorld (Ursa’s Fireside, 8-10 PM): The night will begin with a short showcase and workshop by Wash U’s premier bboy/bgirl club, WU Cypher and continue with a very special hip-hop, pop/lock workshop by Nicholas Gates, one of STL’s most talented hip-hop choreographers and the only STL contestant on the first season of “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Wednesday, Nov. 11 –
Expression Expo hosted by Drop Knowledge (DUC Commons, 7-10 PM): Featuring a graffiti exhibit, fashion show, and freestyle/beatbox battle. Music provided by Trackstar the DJ with a special scratch performance from 2 of STL’s best, DJ Deception and DJ Costik (

Thursday, Nov. 12 –
Multicultural Concert ft. Idan Raichel Project, an international music group from Israel presented by WUSI as part of Pluralism Week (560 Music Building, 7:30PM). Opening acts include performances from many Wash U student groups including WuSlam, WU Swing Society, WU Sauce and much more. Admission is FREE with WU ID

Friday, Nov. 13 –
RAP SESSIONS (DUC Commons, 7-9 PM): A panel of the nation’s most distinguished hip-hop scholars, activists and commentators come to campus to discuss the question of “Is America really post-racial?” and more specifically, whether the n-word and post-racism can co-exist. Opening/closing Music provided by KWUR, JLS Audio Services and some of STL’s finest hip-hop DJs. and

Saturday, Nov. 14 –
CYPHER OF FORTUNE hosted by WU Cypher (The Gargoyle, 4-8 PM): A 2v2 bboy/bgirl competition among the best dancers from STL and the rest of the midwest. The theme of this jam is all about fun and positive expression; dancers of all styles and experience are encouraged to come and participate as the format is randomized tournament style. There is a $400 cash prize for first place and official “REP STL” T-shirts will be on sale at the event. Featuring music from DJ Needles and DJ Keeno da Kid.

HIP-HOP FESTIVAL hosted by Team 31 & The Gargoyle (The Gargoyle, 8PM-Midnight). Performance line-up includes hip-hop group The Paxtons, local STL group iLLphonics and internationally known DJ/producer RjD2.

If you would like to get involved and help out with the events, please contact us at!




October 29, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Hmm, looks interesting but it’s a 6 hour drive :/

    Comment by direntropy | October 29, 2009 | Reply

  2. bus tickets?

    Comment by dreamstatecheung | October 30, 2009 | Reply

  3. yo! thanks for the love; let us know if anyone plans on coming down; the weekend in particular will be extra dope!

    Comment by wuhiphopweek | November 1, 2009 | Reply

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