‘The All Elements Series 2014’ highlights local hip hop scene April 21-27

Staff Report

The Rockford Hip Hop Congress (RHHC) will host Rockford’s first full week of hip hop events called “The All Elements Series 2014” April 21-27 at various locations in the Rockford area.

The purpose of this series is to expose and educate the community about the hip hop culture, empower youth, and create an environment for learning, collaboration and networking.

The All Elements Series 2014 is a spin-off of the outdoor hip hop music festival, The All Elements 2012 Festival, at Booker Washington Community Center, but instead of being a one-day festival, the series has been stretched over an entire week. The time extension helps to provide adequate time for each of the elements that makes up the hip hop culture.

Another significant difference is that the series takes place in various locations in the Rockford area, from Nordlof Theatre to Rockford University to Memorial Hall and more.

The breakdown of the week is as follows:

Monday, April 21 — Chess+Beats & 815 Film Fest at the Nordlof Center Theatre, 118 N. Main St., downtown Rockford;

Tuesday, April 22 — Hip Hop Zumba Party at Stewart Square Lobby, 115 S. Main St., downtown Rockford;

Wednesday and Thursday, April 23-24 — Rock The Campus 2014 at Rockford University, 5050 E. State St., Rockford;

Friday, April 25 — The Write 2 Rock at FotoEnvy, 317 W. Jefferson St., downtown Rockford;

Saturday, April 26 — Battle Shmattle 4.5 at Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St., downtown Rockford; and

Sunday, April 27 — Battlefest: Pushin’ Up Daisies at Las Palmas Nightclub, 1118 S. Main St., Rockford.

Learn more about each event at www.allelements2014.com.

One of the highlights of the series is a lecture by Grammy Award-winning music producer, 9th Wonder, regarding the societal value of the hip hop culture and its national and global impact. 9th Wonder will also share personal experiences as a hip hop producer and academic.

9th Wonder has produced for the likes of Jay-Z (“Threat”), Destiny’s Child (“Girl,” “Is She the Reason,” “Game Over”), Erykah Badu (“Honey,” “20 Ft. Tall”), as well as others. He has won a Grammy for his work on Mary J. Blige’s album The BreakThrough (“Good Woman Down”). 9th Wonder is also well known for his work with Drake and Murs.

As an artist-in-residence of North Carolina Central University and a fellow of Harvard University, 9th Wonder now dedicates a larger portion of his time to academics as his way of giving back to the hip hop culture and expanding knowledge throughout the masses. The lecture will be at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 24, during Rock The Campus 2014 at Rockford University and will be open to all ages, free to the public, and early attendance is highly encouraged.

All of the events — except Friday and Saturday — are completely free to the public, and all of the events — except Sunday’s event — are for all ages and are family-friendly.

Refreshments are available at all events, as well as clothing for sale to support the financial burden of the series and future events of Rockford Hip Hop Congress. Contact Dj Maclin at contact@rockfordhhc.org for more details.

From the April 16-22, 2014, issue

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