Rockford Hip Hop Congress to Host Weeklong Hip Hop Series

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The Rockford Hip Hop Congress (RHHC) will host Rockford’s first full week of Hip Hop events called “The All Elements Series 2014” on April 21th, 2014 through April 27th, 2014, at various established locations in the Rockford area. The purpose of this series is to expose and educate the community on the Hip Hop culture, empower the youth, and create an environment for learning, collaboration, and networking.

The All Elements Series 2014 is a spin-off of the outdoor Hip Hop music festival, The All Elements 2012 Festival, at Booker Washington Community Center, but instead of being a one-day festival, the series has been stretched over an entire week – April 21st – 27th. The time extension helps to provide adequate time for each of the elements that makes up the Hip Hop culture. Another significant difference is that the series takes place in various locations in the Rockford area from Nordlof Theatre to Rockford University to Memorial Hall and more. The breakdown of the week is presented as follows:

Monday/Chess+Beats & 815 Film Fest/Nordlof Theatre, Tuesday/Hip Hop Zumba® Party/Stewart Square Lobby, Wednesday & Thursday/Rock The Campus 2014/Rockford University, Friday/The Write 2 Rock/FotoEnvy, Saturday/Battle Shmattle 4.5/Memorial Hall, and Sunday/Battlefest: Pushin’ Up Daisies/Las Palmas Nightclub. Each event is heavily detailed, so further detailed information about each day can be found on The All Elements Series 2014’s official website, One of the highlights of the series is a lecture by Grammy Award-Winning music producer, 9th Wonder, regarding the societal value of the Hip Hop culture and its national and global impact/personal experiences as a Hip Hop producer and academic. 9th Wonder has produced for the likes of Jay-Z (Threats), Destiny’s Child (Girl, Is She the Reason, Game Over), Erykah Badu (Honey, 20 Ft. Tall), as well as others. He has won a Grammy for his work on Mary J. Blige’s album “The BreakThrough” (Good Woman Down). 9th Wonder is also well known for his work with Drake and Murs. As an Artist-In-Residence of North Carolina Central University and a fellow of Harvard University, 9th Wonder now dedicates a larger portion of his time to academics as his way of giving back to the Hip Hop culture and expanding knowledge throughout the masses. The lecture will take place on Thursday, April 24th at 6pm during Rock The Campus 2014 at Rockford University and will be open to all-ages, free to the public, and early attendance is highly encouraged.

All of the events except Friday and Saturday are completely free to the public, and all of the events except Sunday’s event are for all-ages and family-friendly. The sponsors and supporters of this series really did help us keep a majority of the events free and open to the public, and we would like to acknowledge them for their generous help: NAACP Rockford, Mas Crew, The Covert Empire, Culture Shock, Midwest Monstaz, The Rockford Blog, Rockford Public Library, Chromelight II Magazine, Battlefest, RKFD Collection, and Magnum Creative. We would like to extend a special acknowledgement to Rockford Area Arts Council and Rockford University for sponsoring key portions of the series with their very generous help and absolute support. Refreshments are available at all events as well as clothing for sale to support the financial burden of the series and future events of Rockford Hip Hop Congress.

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