CPAB gathers students in Trabant for a celebration of hip-hop
MANAGING MOSAIC EDITOR
Hip-hop is a musical genre with a reputation. It frequently addresses political and social issues, while simultaneously acting as great party music. The genre is multifaceted and diverse, allowing listeners to find the niche they’re looking for, and students at the university banded together to host an event reflecting just that.
On Thursday, students gathered in the multipurpose room of Trabant for an event called Evolution of Hip-Hop: The Get Down. It was a celebration of hip-hop culture hosted by the Cultural Programming Advisory Board (CPAB). A stage was set up in the center where students were called up to dance or rap competitively, and the event was complete with DJs cycling through the different eras of hip-hop.
“Every day, people listen to hip-hop music, people dance, people care about their fashion,” senior and CPAB member who served as one of the committee chairs of the event, Ryan Broussard says. “This is just an event to show how [hip-hop] has changed over time, and how it also has recycled itself.”
In addition to the performance aspect of the event, there were also displays dedicated to different eras and facets of hip-hop culture set up for students to view. These included records, graffiti, clothing and hip-hop films, which were primarily divided up by time periods to show the growth and progression of the culture.
“With such a political and social climate that we live in, we also realize that hip-hop has played a tremendous role in sharing a message,” program coordinator Edward Franklin says. “It’s been a way for people to express themselves, and we always want students to be able to express themselves in those various different art forms. Hip-hop is a great medium for that.”
The event gave students an opportunity to do just that. The stage in the center was surrounded by a dense crowd who watched on as students performed and as the DJs played songs that caused everyone to reminisce — namely Soulja Boy’s “Crank That”.
“I’m at a time in my life where I can relate more to what’s going on and the messages being conveyed,” CPAB member Courtney Kinard says. Kinard adds that he has been able to identify with ‘90s rappers like Biggie Smalls, Tupac Shakur, Lil’ Kim and Remy Ma. “I feel like rappers at that time were, for lack of a better term, ‘woke.’ They were really able to describe the political climate.”
Both Broussard and Kinard expressed their interest in and appreciation for ‘90s hip-hop, as they believe everything from the culture’s music to the fashion-shaped modern hip-hop music.
“They were just creators,” Broussard says about artists in the ‘90s.
The Get Down closely resembled a party; Students were having fun, educating themselves about hip-hop culture, and appreciating each other’s talents through performances and exhibitions.
“It’s cool to see different art forms and appreciate people’s talent, but you’re also learning as well,” Broussard says. “As the event goes on, I’ll learn more and more about something I love, and I think you can’t beat that.”