The City Of Milwaukee Has Dedicated An Entire Week To Celebrating Hip-Hop
UPDATE: Brad Jordan (aka Scarface) is currently running for the office of Councilman in Houston, Texas. The Rap legend is helping lead “Hip-Hop Goes To The Polls,” an event at this month’s Hip-Hop Week MKE in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
On August 23, from 1 to 3pm EST, Jordan will join Wisconsin Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes at the event organized by Alderman Khalif J. Rainey and The Source magazine founder Dave Mays. The gathering is designed to create awareness around the importance of voting and politics from within the Hip-Hop community. “Hip-Hop Goes To The Polls” will be held on August 23, from 1 pm to 3 pm at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society, 2620 W. Center Street.
“Hip-Hop is the most dominant music and most influential culture spanning three generations—Generation X, millennials and Generation Z,” Mays said in a press statement. “This means that collectively, the Hip-Hop community is the largest and most diverse voting demographic in America.” Alderman Rainey added, “The Hip-Hop vote is a sleeping giant we are going to awaken and mobilize starting right here in Milwaukee with Hip-Hop Week MKE. With the formula and lineup of events we have put together, I believe we can ignite this important voting demographic, and empower and inspire Hip-Hop voters all over America.” US News reported that Wisconsin was the third-closest race in the 2016 Presidential Election.
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Hip Hop Week MKE is not simply about celebrating the art and culture that is Hip Hop. More importantly, it’s about taking that platform and utilizing it to engage the community in important conversations about our Health our Finances and our Political future. This year we have Hip Hop Legend Brad “Scarface” Jordan who is currently running for Common Council in the City of Houston. Scarface will deliver a message about the nexus between Hip Hop and politics and why he has decided to run for office. Special introductory remarks provided by our Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes. Join us for this 🚨 FREE EVENT 🚨 Friday, August 23rd at 1:00-3:00pm at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society for a conversation you won’t forget!
Additionally, DJ Envy will host “A Hip-Hop Seminar On Financial Literacy & Real Estate.” That event from the veteran mixmaster and Breakfast Club co-host has been planned for August 23 from 3 pm to 5 pm, at 2220 N. MLK Drive.
ORIGINAL AUGUST 4 STORY: Later this month, the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin will host its second-annual Hip-Hop Week MKE. Officials and committees from within the city are behind the events, some of which are free and others require tickets.
For 2019’s affair, which runs from August 19-25, Scarface, dead prez’s stic.man, Bun B, Benny The Butcher, Megan Thee Stallion, Devin The Dude, Do Or Die, Mystikal, and Kevin Gates are involved in the lineup. One of the city’s national Rap artists, Coo Coo Cal, will also participate.
Apart from concerts and parties, this week-long series emphasizes financial literacy, health and fitness, employment opportunities, and civic engagement. On August 21, MC/producer/fitness advocate stic.man will lead a discussion on self-care called “Healthy Bars.” On August 23, Dave Mays, founder of The Source magazine and producer of The Source Awards, will produce The Hip-Hop Legacy Awards. This event will feature performances from three Texas-based legends: Scarface, Bun B, and Devin The Dude. Another former Rap-A-Lot Records act, Do Or Die, will rock the stage hailing from nearby Chicago. In addition to Coo Coo Cal, one of the last year’s breakout MCs, Benny will touch the stage. Other events include a health fair, a job fair, and a party dedicated to women in Hip-Hop.
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According to On Milwaukee, the annual event has been organized by Alderman Khalif J. Rainey. “I again will focus on Hip-Hop Week MKE serving as a community-building event for Milwaukee residents to enjoy and embrace,” said Rainey in February after the city’s Common Council approved the return of the event. Last year, Hip-Hop pioneer DJ Kool Herc was in Milwaukee for the festivities.
At AFH TV, there are video interviews with Scarface, stic.man, Benny The Butcher, and more. We are currently offering free 7-day trial subscriptions.