Hip Hop Congress to explore the role of women in hip hop Sept. 28

Staff Report

The Hip Hop Congress of Rockford (RHHC) is teaming up with RKFD Collection for a Women’s Listening Party series to support women’s participation in the hip hop community. The first listening party of the series will be from 8 to 11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, at Kortman Gallery, 107 N. Main St., Rockford.

According to preliminary results from a “Women in Hip Hop” survey, only 33.3 percent of people own a hip hop or R&B album by a woman. As a part of RHHC’s goals, the group has decided to take on this task of giving women more of a voice within the local hip hop community. This task means teaming up with women’s organizations and producing more events that give women more of a dominant presence.

This listening party will be one of many events to show support for women in hip hop. At this listening party, organizers will present the latest music from female hip hop artist Rapsody from her She Got Game mixtape, which has been given high reviews and even noted as being in the running for Mixtape of the Year.

The 33-year-old emcee Rapsody has an amazing body of work that keeps her in the conversation of great emcees, even in this male-dominated field. Rapsody resides in North Carolina and continues to tour the country and create music, giving women everywhere someone to look up to.

The free event will start at 8 p.m. and consist of music from Rapsody, poetry from local poets, clothing from Hip Hop Congress and RKFD Collection’s latest line, and a cash bar. All ages are welcome to attend this event, and women are highly encouraged to attend as well. There will be free Rapsody She Got Game mixtapes available in limited supply.

If you haven’t taken the “Women in Hip Hop” survey, visit http://rockfordhhc.org/women and take the quick survey. The survey results will give RHHC information about what type events the organization should produce and how it can help open the conversation about the role of women in hip hop.

Contact DJ Maclin at admin@rockfordhhc.org for more details.

From the Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2013, issue

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