The Rap Battle Against Sexual Violence, is aimed at raising awareness on sexual violence by breaking isolating patterns of a silencing culture. In collaboration with the Concordia Student Union (CSU) this showcase seeks to emphasize our shared narratives by bringing an empowering conscious and healing conversation around the topic of Sexual Violence. This intentional space will present alternative accounts, distancing ourselves from a sexual violence culture stemmed in guilt, shame, stigma, and a misrepresentation of the issue.
The second series of events (The Rap Battle For Black History Month ) seeks to celebrate the value and wealth of Black History. Painting a representative and diverse picture of the excellency of Black Folks, Black Culture and the importance to celebrate the roots and heritage of Black/African culture within the Hip-Hop movement, while encouraging the democratisation of knowledge. This event will hold the legacy of Hip-Hop instrumentalizing music as a tool to speak truth to power. The goal is to bridge communities together, by organizing and bringing sustainable social change in a culturally aware and responsive manner. Proceeds of this show will be directed to provide support for DESTA Black Youth Network.
Concordia Hip Hop Community, in collaboration with The Rap Battles For Social Justice (RB4SJ), is looking to continue its success in co-presenting an artistic and educational concert series tackling social justice issues affecting our local and global communities. The first series of events, The Rap Battle For Representation, is aimed at raising awareness of the lack of diversity and accessibility in Hip Hop, especially for women, femmes and non-binary conforming folks. There will be a workshop on gender equity preceding the event as well.
The second series of events (The Rap Battle against the Prison/Justice System) is aimed towards illuminating the failures of our global justice system and the persistent disenfranchisement of marginalized youth as a result, including: the privatization of the prison system and labor exploitation, the inhumanity of solitary confinement, and the abuse of anti-drug regulations for targeting and over-policing of marginalized communities. There will also be a workshop speaking to these issues preceding the event.
The Rap Battle Against Consumerism will be a rehearsed event where local Montreal artists will be ‘battling’ with corporate CEOs, politicians, and other Wall Street types on the topic of consumerism. This will take place on March 29th, 2017 at the Belmont (a haven for local hip hop events like this). This event aims to raise awareness about consumerism and the dangers of capitalism.
The Rap Battle for Gender Freedom will put forward rap and spoken word artists who are trans people of colour, femme identified people, as well queer and some cis allies who will rap and speak about gender issues.
There will also be room for spoken word. About the title: Since gender oppression is prevalent in most communities, gender freedom represents the release from the shackles and the violence of the gender binary. The show will take place on Friday April 9th 9pmat Reggie’s, 1455 de MaisonneuveBoulevard West. The venue is wheelchair accessible with gender neutral. The lyrics for the show will be prepared in advance in workshops and other spaces collectively. All artists would have to attend at least one of our workshops about trans and gender issues.
The Rap Battle against the Tar Sands will raise awareness about the social and ecological impacts of the tar sands and to mobilize new ambassadors in the hip hop and spoken word community in Montreal. This being the third event of its name in the past year, the success of the show has helped to mobilize different environmental groups and promote the cause of sustainability.
The hiphop workshops will grant students the opportunity to educate themselves on the tar sands and climate justice, while giving them the opportunity to experiment with rap as a political art form. Hip Hop Heads Concordia will be providing the space in their meetings to promote the shows and the workshops. Students will perform in the rap battle (as in the past) and raise awareness, all while watching veteran rappers and poets spit verses that will destroy the iron snake that is the Energy East pipeline, along with its destructive tar sands origins.