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RAP BATTLE OF THE WEEK: Benny Els vs. Baba!

The Hip-Hop Culture Center and Freestyle Mondays present the RAP BATTLE OF THE WEEK!

Once a week, the Hip-Hop Culture Center will be bringing you the best in freestyle rap competitions from Freestyle Mondays’ Off-The-Head Gameshow Battle at 116 Macdougal!

But this isn’t your average rap battle. With a spinning wheel AND a plinko (Plink, Yo!) board determining what the topic is, MCs will have to stay on-topic as they come of the top!

This week, we come down to the final round of April’s Off-the-Head Gameshow Battle Championship! After a grueling one night tournament of some of the most challenging freestyle themes, it comes down to Benny Els and Baba in the finals! Each MC gets two 30 second rounds, so you can expect lots of freestyle responses and white-knuckle MC action to crown the first holder of the official Freestyle Mondays Championship Belt!

…and as an added BONUS this week (since our battle last week was preempted due to our EXCLUSIVE interview with MALCOLM SMITH – the NEW YORK SENATOR who DEMANDED LIL WAYNE APOLOGIZE for DISSING NEW YORK) here’s a BONUS BATTLE from last August that pit BENNY ELS against SARAH TONIN as GABBY DOUGLAS vs. MICHAEL PHELPS!

Benny Els’ Music can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/bennyels

Stay tuned to H2C2 for more battles and be sure to check out the Freestyle Mondays Off-the-Head Gameshow Battle the FIRST MONDAY of EVERY MONTH and coming to a new location soon!

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RAP BATTLE OF THE WEEK: Lil Kim vs. Kim Jong-il

The Hip-Hop Culture Center and Freestyle Mondays present the RAP BATTLE OF THE WEEK!

Once a week, the Hip-Hop Culture Center will be bringing you the best in freestyle rap competitions from Freestyle Mondays’ Off-The-Head Gameshow Battle at 116 Macdougal!

But this isn’t your average rap battle. With a spinning wheel AND a plinko (Plink, Yo!) board determining what the topic is, MCs will have to stay on-topic as they come of the top!

This week, we landed on the Superstar round, assigning each MC to rap from the perspective of a worldwide superstar for lyrical dominance. Cold Stone Steve Awesome (AKA Stack That Paper) got the guise of Kim Jong-il whereas Chaz Kangas represents Lil Kim!


COLD STONE STEVE AWESOME VS. CHAZ KANGAS
KIM JONG-IL VS. LIL KIM

Chaz Kangas’ music can be found at http://chazkangas.bandcamp.com

Stay tuned to H2C2 for more battles and be sure to check out the Freestyle Mondays Off-the-Head Gameshow Battle the FIRST MONDAY of EVERY MONTH at 116 MacDougal in Manhattan!

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A Message To All Rapathon Veterans

Greetings,

I hope you guys are getting your bars together. There should be lyrical lines competing with each other in your brain. You should be in your mirror recanting 16 after 16 after 16 like water. Your written, freestyle and frittens should be receiving a rhyming  work out on the daily. You should be pounding out punch lines, scanning your rhyme book, and getting your breathing on point.

Other disciplines have the Super Bowl, the Finals, the Championship. We, high caliber emcee’s who like to rock with other individuals of our species have the Rapathon. The only event of it’s kind, on the planet Earth, for people gifted in the art of Yes, Yes, Yall.

So here’s the deal. All returning Veterans please email a photo of yourself ASAP to hiphopculturectr [at] gmail.com. In addition please post Rapathon information example (posters, audition dates, updates on your social networking hookups. (Facebook, Twitter, Myspace etc…) We need to let the world know that Rapathon 5 is coming up and that you are starring in it. Note, all participants must come to at least one of the audition/rehearsal dates. They are…

May 3rd 6:30-8:30PM
May 10th 6:30-8:30PM
May 12th 6:30-8;30PM
May 14th 2:00-4:00PM
May 17th 6:30-8:30PM
May 19th 6:30-8:30PM

So in closing let’s end with the words that all H2C2 alumni know so well  “Rock,You Don’t Stop…Keep on…You Don’t Stop!”

The Hip Hop Culture Center in Harlem announces Rapathon 5!The Rapathon is back celebrating it’s fifth anniversery! Five years long, five years strong this will be the best one yet. We’re currently looking for the Best of the Best Emcees’ to participate in this years event. So if you think you’re Rap-A-Thon material, auditions will be held on the following dates:

May 3rd 6:30-8;30PM
May 10th 6:30-8:30PM
May 12th 6:30-8;30PM
May 14th 2:00-4:00PM
May 17th 6:30-8:30PM
May 19th 6:30-8:30PM

If you can spit fire for 90 seconds straight without cursing, you just might have what it takes! So if your a new Emcee or a true Emcee, maybe you can come out and make history as part of Rap-A-Thon 5. We’ll see you at the Center:

2309 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
(at the Magic Johnson Theater)
New York, NY 10027
(212) 234-7171

Spread the word! Blog it. Tweet it. Get it out there!

Get Ready for Rapathon 5!

The Hip Hop Culture Center in Harlem announces Rapathon 5!It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since the Hip Hop Culture Center birthed the 24-hour Annual Rapathon. When introduced to the masses back in May 2006, this historic event took the Hip Hop world (particularly the underground) by storm!

Comprised of the some of the best lyrical emcees in the Tri-State area, the Rapathon has proven to be one of Hip Hop’s must see events of the year.

Not only do we celebrate the culture of Hip Hop through positive non-stop freestyle, we share a camaraderie that lasts far beyond the famous Rapathon countdown.

The Hip Hop Culture Center is honored and thrilled to announce that we will be hosting the 5th Annual Rapathon; Saturday, May 21st 2011 through Sunday, May 22nd 2011.

H2C2 has managed to feature over 150+ rappers, 30+ DJs, beat boxers, and musicians from all over the world. This year will be no different from any other, expect an additional hour on the clock totaling 28 hours of straight Hip Hop! We will hold 4 to 6 open auditions at our venue for those interested in performing. To take part in this staple event you must be able to rhyme for 90 seconds straight without cursing, commit to the show, and interact well with others. Just show up with an undeniable rhyme and you might be the next emcee to grace the famous Rapathon stage. Be prepared for an unforgettable experience because H2C2 has a lot in store. For more info stay tuned to our website www.h2c2harlem.com.

H2C2 not only provides exclusive shows for the community but also prides itself on its educational involvement. Using Hip Hop as an instrument to educate the youth the Hip Hop Culture Center offers a program called Edutainment. This workshop combines the latest Hip Hop tunes with academics covering subjects from Civil Rights to Financial Literacy.

We are located at 2309 Frederick Douglass Blvd., 2nd Floor of the Magic Johnson Theater in the heart of Harlem, along 125th Street shopping district. We are accessible by A, B, C, D, 2 and 3 trains. For more information pertaining to the 5th Annual Rapathon, please contact us at 212-234-7171 or hiphopculturectr@gmail.com.

Rewind: Converse Sneaker Battle Tour

Converse Sneaker Art Battle TourBack in 2006, Converse sponsored its first Sneaker Battle Tour. Events took place in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia in six venues. Both young and old participated using a wide variety of styles from markers to airbrush. The tour also featured the Hip-Hop flier collection of Curtis Sherrod, which was hot off its run at The Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. There were also featured acts, which included rappers, musicians, dancers and mime artists. Join us as we look back. Check out our video gallery by clicking this link.

 

Also, check out the recap video, which includes the Los Angeles event!