History went down yesterday at the first official Rapacon/DJ-Con event at the Park Avenue Banquet Hall in Philadelphia. It was the the realest, most authentic HipHop Culture event we’ve ever been too. The event took over 2 floors of the venue and it featured the day long DJ-Con event with over a hundred DJ’s spinning noon stop back to back all day. There was a vending room that had a live DJ, performances and some really dope emcee’s who promote each vendor by performing freestyles about them on the spot.
There was also some amazing panels on beat boxing, cosplay, the economics of hiphop and comic and more! There was also a great speed networking session where everyone had a chance to meet, network and build with each other for a limited time.
The legendary Rapathon made it’s return with a 2hour rendition of the nonstop emceeing marathon. A Cosplay Contest and 80’s HipHop Fashion contest went down and there was also break dancers getting busy in the building.
HipHop legends Bahamadia, Schooly D, Parry P, DJ Lisa Love, Three Times dope, Grand Dragon KD, Danny Simmons, Andre Leroy Davis and Philly graffiti pioneers Cornbread and Kraz were all in the building for panels, performances, vending and building with everyone!
The positive energy, unity and love for HipHop was felt throughout the building and long after the event was over.
ECBACC (East Coast Black Age Of Comics Convention) founder Yumy Odom summed up Rapacon the best:
“RAPACON was indeed a 1st-of-a kind initiative here in “The City of Brotherly Love & Sisterly Affection!” I received nothing but good comments and best wishes from everyone! The most critical comments (in a good way!) had to do with the spirit of RAPACON and how the focus on the Hip Hop community was about cooperation and brotherhood / sisterhood, especially how the DJ-Con fostered community among the participants. The salute to one another as the proverbial and actual Mic was passed was important to those who had another opinion initially about MC’s, DJ’s, and Rappers… Professionalism and excellence were demonstrated yesterday proving the artistic, cultural, national and international value of Hip Hop (MC’s, DJ’s, and Rappers)!
And, finally, thank you for inviting me to serve as moderator of the RAPACON Panel: The Politics & Economics of Comic Books & Hip Hop! Something much deeper is going to come from this!”
We have to give a huge shout out and SALUTE to the founder, mastermind and host of this amazing event Curtis Sherrod for bringing this dream into a reality. We can wait till next years Rapacon!!!! But the year is not over and we think Curtis may have some other events up his sleeve, we’ll keep you posted!
And with that said, check out the photos that we took from this historic HipHop Culture event…RACPACON!!!
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“RAPACON was a success! Thanks to everyone who came out, supported,promoted and collaborated. Thank you to Curtis Sherrod aka Michael Cheq for bringing me on as the Philadelphia Producer. Thanks to my long time friend Nakia Dillard for all that you bring to every project we partner on. Yumy Odom thank you and #ECBACC for saying “yes” and bringing so much as a key collaborator. PhillyCAM is a force in this city and an amazing media collaborator. Thank you Antoine Haywood for leading all the efforts — and Ariel D. Taylor thank you too. Thank you Stacey Wilson for your work with us and connecting us with Mike Nyce and the Scratch DJ Academy. Cherri Gregg and Haniyyah Sharpe-Brown Thank you for covering and helping to get the stories covered. Monica Robinson thank you and MyNEWPhilly and covering the event. Andrea Spruill and #WhatsHidden, Lisa Love, Raphael Xavier, Biz Porter, Sheena C. Howard and all who showed love, let’s keep building.” ~Jos Duncan/Rapacon Philly Producer
Nine – King – Produced by Snowgoons (TPM Graffiti VIDEO)
Nine is back with a new single called “King”. The neck cracking beat is produced by Snowgoons. The video is filmed by DJ Illegal and edited by Gigo Flow. The graffiti was done by Rast & Toxin of the TPM Crew.
“King” is the title track of Nine’s latest album which is out now!
For those that don’t know, Nine is a HipHop veteran who had a hit record back in 1995 called “Whutcha Want”
Moka Only – Funky Like – HipHop Jazz Dopeness
Moka Only is another one of our favorite emcee’s and his song “Funky Like” is a great example why! This joint features an uptempo, HipHop, Jazz beat. It has a dope upright bass and piano sample loop. There’s also hits of a flute and guitar in there to complete the sound. Moka is right at home on beats like this. His voice and delivery compliment the beat perfectly. The video was directed by Chris Lazar .
Funky Like is featured on Moka Only’s album “Patina”. The album is full of HipHop treats!
“Moka Only’s upcoming release, Patina, is a showcase of Moka’s signature smooth, jazzy, hip hop beats, married with lyrical storytelling” ~URBNET
Rap Kings Collectible Toy on Kickstarter!!
Artist Chris B. Murray, has recently launched a dope Kickstarter campaign to hopefully bring his RAP KINGS collectible toy project to life. The toy concept has been designed and he’s in the process of having the 3D model made now by @Scartoccio of Concrete Jungle.
“I started the RAP KINGS illustrated series in 2017 after deciding to put my love for art, hip-hop music and pop culture to good use. Since then, I have gained a following and grown the series into something that I’m sincerely proud of. For years I have been waiting for the right moment to release the first RAP KINGS toy and finally that time is here.” ~Chris B
Chris plans on producing 100 resin units, standing at 10″ tall nestled safely in custom RAP KINGS packaging. On the back of the boombox you’ll notice some of Chris’s influential hip-hop role models as stickers… very similar to the stickers Chris had on his boombox as a kid! As of this post, there are 23 days to go for Chris to reach his goal. You should definitely support this Kickstarter this toy is gonna be a classic!
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