“Today’s hip-hop is a porous intercultural phenomenon. There are rappers in both small villages and urban centers – just like there are listeners wherever people can gather together or a set of headphones or speakers are found.” – Dana Reason, Ph.D (Oregon State University)

The College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University in conjunction with the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles and the Popular Music Studies Program at OSU will host a one-day conference and festival on the topic of Hip Hop Music and Culture.

illWhen: October 17, 9am-11pm
Location: Reser Stadium (Reser Club and Reser Loge)
Speaking: MC Lyte and DJ Spooky
Performing Live: Lil Flip and illmaculate
*There will also be graffiti and beat making workshops for attendees.

All-day pass is free with OSU ID.
Tickets $15 online, $20 at the door.

When I asked Dana how she got in contact with Illmaculate she said, “Illmaculate has some of the most serious rap battle skills on the planet, and that he is based in the Northwest is a testament that there are great hip-hop artists creating music right here in Oregon”.

Presenting a festival and symposium on hip-hop music is a pivotal moment  for students to come together from different disciplines to celebrate a music that embraces change and diversity and what many identify as part of the soundtrack of their lives.

Sounds like a really cool event and I personally am going to do what I can to be in attendance. Big thanks to Dana Reason and Michelle Klampe at Oregon State University for taking the time to answer some questions for me.