If you haven’t heard by now that N.C. Central University is hosting its second hip-hop summit, consider yourself extremely uninformed.
The summit will be held February 9-10 and will be preceded by a week of events, beginning with a poetry slam on February 5.
Co-sponsored by the Hayti Heritage Center, the poetry slam will showcase local spoken word artists and poets.
“I feel good about the poetry slam,” said host Dasan Ahanu.
“I’m very excited about bringing this type of element to poetry at Central.”
Other pre-summit events include a DJ exhibition, talent showcase, and Beat Down 3, hosted by producer 9th Wonder and well-known alumni Korleon.
Beat Down 3, a competition among aspiring beat makers and producers, is a definite buzz-maker, as it is the third of its kind.
“For me as an artist to hear all the beats these young producers have created is inspiring,” said Ahanu, who plans to attend Beat Down 3.
Aside from giving participants two days to meet and greet major music industry players and attend informative workshops, the summit alone is guaranteed to have any hip-hop lover feeling like a kid in a candy store.
The first day of the summit will include a film festival, which will display rising African-American filmmakers’ work.
Special guest Christopher “Play” Martin will show his documentary film “Holy Hip Hop.”
“African-American Films are on the rise, and there are a lot of hip-hop films out there to be made aware of,” said Sherise Malachi, Hip-Hop Summit coordinator.
An old-school concert held on the final day of the summit will be the icing on the cake.
The concert will feature hip-hop artists Dana Dane, MC Lyte, and Doug E. Fresh.
All events except the concert are free to NCCU students. Tickets are on sale in the ticket office.
For more information, visit www.nccuhiphop.com or call 919-530-6295.