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Art, Rhyme & Wine 3

H2C2 partners with, Simone Green, Barbara Askins and Lenox Wines to present “Art, Wine, & Wine 3”

New York, NY—The Hip Hop Culture Center in Harlem (currently known as H2C2) the artist Barbara Askins and local Harlem business LenoxWines have come together to produce the Centers signature event “Art, Rhyme & Wine 3”. This unique event will feature art exhibitions, spoken word, live music & performances, wine tasting, and networking.

Iconic West Coast Hip Hop Photographer Simone Green graces “Art, Wine & Wine 3”

From being the photographer for Soul Train, to capturing Ali, Luther, and Stevie Wonder, to shooting Whodini, Nikki D and Kool Moe D, she has excelled. And as the photographer for Deathrow Records her work with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac has allowed her work to be shown at The Whitley Museum of America Art. Simone is a welcome addition. She will feature rare, never before pictures of the legendary rap group RUN DMC!

Come see some of the amazing artwork that Barbara Askins has created. Select pieces are currently on display in The Lobby of The Aloft Hotel.

You can dance to the beautiful sounds of the records being spun by our Musical Director, DJ Mike Doelo. Talented poets and dope emcees will be in the house to add lyrics to the occasion. Of course we will have a series of surprise guests, you never know who will show up at The Center, and if that isn’t enough, you can enjoy a Wine Tasting that will be conducted by Lenox Wines.

There is enough activity for everyone so be sure to mark your calendars for Thursday, June 16th, 2011, from 6:00pm – 10pm. You must be 21+ to mingle and the entry fee is $10.00 with a business card and $20.00 without. If you have any questions feel free to contact   212-234-7171 or Hiphopculturectr@gmail.com.

H2C2 is a facility that conducts Hip Hop centric education youth programs, sneaker battles, art exhibitions, and corporate special events. We are located at 2309 Frederick Douglass Blvd., 2nd Floor of the Magic Johnson Theater in the heart of Harlem, along  the 125th Street shopping district.

A Message To All Rapathon Veterans


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.

Who Is Gil-Scott Heron?

Last November. BB King’s Blues Club. Times Square, New York City.

A lanky man enters the spotlight from Stage Left. His crinkled brown suit falls loosely over his lean frame; his eyes are lost beneath the brim of a matching hat. With his gray beard and twitchy mouth, he looks a little like the character Grady from “Sanford & Son.”

Gil-Scott HeronIn fact, it’s Gil Scott Heron, the rap forefather and master tribal storyteller.

Initially, the performer defies the expected. Instead of sitting at the keyboard that’s before him, diving into a track from his recent CD I’m New Here, or one of the many classic songs from a career spanning more than 40 years, he spends the next 15 minutes standing alone, holding a microphone, and telling jokes. He talks slurrily about bad interviewers, disappearing, and why Black History Month should be moved (because February is hard to pronounce and, besides, “all kinds of shit starts happening on the 28th that you thought was gonna happen three days later”). He chuckles a lot. And so does the audience, though they’re not quite sure what to make of the spectacle: Is the band late? Is the performer just vamping for time? Is he too wasted to make music tonight? Or is this just part of the act?

Finally, he sits down, bends his long, bony fingers over his piano’s keys and starts to sing. First it’s “Winter In America,” which bubbles forth with familiar beauty and quiet rage. Relief fills the room: Gil Scott Heron can still captivate with a few well-paced chords and his smooth-as-sandpaper tenor. Despite his reputation as a provocative poet, his voice these days is a laid-back, gravely croon which is still quite flexible. Heron’s compelling set came mostly from the past, including the emotional testament “Pieces of A Man,” the title track of his first landmark studio album. Backed by percussion, flute, sax, harmonica and a second keyboard, he also performed the tender “I’ll Be There for You” from I’m New Here. All were anchored by the fact that Gil Scott Heron is first and foremost a great writer and gifted storyteller.

At one point he mused, “We have a large catalog of tunes that I did not practice.” More chuckles. He ends the show with an extended version of “The Bottle,” which featured fiery piano and percussion solos. There was ultimately no “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” or “Johannesburg.” The artist left the stage after raising his arm in triumph and declaring, “Thank you! My name is Gil Scott Heron.” He never came back.