Music News: Race, Religion and Hip Hop – Pittsburgh Hip Hop Collective

brother aliDue to recent tragic events around the country, we need this conversation more than ever.  On Friday, September 5th, the Pittsburgh Hip Hop Collective will host successful hip hop artist Brother Ali in a discussion about “Race, Religion and Hip Hop.”  Come join The Collective as Brother Ali provides a truly unique perspective on the current role of race in hip hop and religion’s place in the culture.  The discussion will be held at Alloy Studios (5530 Penn Ave), hosted by vocal artist and activist, Jasiri X, and will feature an opening performance from Blak Rapp Madusa.  The Collective asks for a donation of $5 at the door to help them to continue hosting unique and education events such as this.
The Pittsburgh Hip Hop Collective was responsible for organizing the “Cultured Steel Hip Hop Festival,” two days filled with live performances, art galleries, film screenings, and performances from local artists as well as headliners Talib Kweli and Rapsody.  Additionally, The Collective has hosted successful monthly events beginning in February 2014, hosting legends like 9th Wonder, Jean Grae, Pharoahe Monch and Black Ice for discussions and performances aimed to educate and enhance the hip hop and arts culture in Pittsburgh.
R.A.R.E. Nation, a growing local hip hop music company, has partnered with 1Hood Media and other local hip hop influencers to create the Pittsburgh Hip Hop Collective.  The Collective’s major goal is to revive and shift the culture of hip hop in Pittsburgh, and has been loosely referred to as a “Pittsburgh Renaissance” of hip hop and art.  The city has seen a lot of rappers, but very little culture here, which is troubling for the culture’s future.  The collective has recently received a grant from Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh, a joint project of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments, to organize several different types and sizes of hip hop events in the city during this year.  Many of these events are focused on laying the foundation for initiating change: educating people about hip hop, its history and its culture.
For more information please visit or or the Official Facebook Event.
You may also find information on Twitter at: @RareNation@1Hood@PghHipHopCollec.
Contact: Rami Bensasi

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