Rap and sex go together like beans and rice so there’s no reason the hip-hop community shouldn’t be out here supporting youth sex education.

Today, on World AIDS Day, STRAPPED UP PDX teams up with We Out Here Magazine, the Cascade AIDS Project, Sneaker Cart, Avant Grilled, A6 and the Multnomah County Health Department to bring sex-ed awareness to Portland youth through an evening of hip-hop performances and a dance battle. The goal is to engage the youth through positive lifestyle choices and the culture of music and dance.

The all-ages event will be held at Service Studio (NE 23rd and Glisan St) with doors opening at 6pm and tunes from DJ Computer Pham. The one-on-one all styles dance completion starts at 6:30, and will be hosted by popular Portland dancer Malik Delgado and judged by a distinguished panel. In addition to the dance-off, there will also be live performances by Rasheed Jamal, LFGM and Swiggle Mandela.


For those interested in free gear, STRAPPED UP PDX is giving away customized Air Force 1 high tops & STRAPPED UP tees as a promotion. To win, you must follow @strappeduppdx on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, repost the flyer, and use the hashtag #STRAPPEDUPPDX. Don’t forget to comment with the size you want! Winners will be announced at Service Studio during the event.

So spread the word, show up and stay STRAPPED UP for World AIDS Day and the youth.