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Rock the Campus: A Hip Hop Showcase features local talent looking to entertain and engage

Wednesday, April 18, 2012  
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For immediate release – 4/18/12
Director of Communications Rita Elliott, 815-226-3374

Rockford, Ill., – Rock the Campus: A Hip Hop Showcase, will take place on Thursday, April 26, 2012, from 6-10 p.m. in Regents Hall at the college’s Burpee Center, 5050 East State Street, Rockford. Admission is free and the event is sponsored by Rockford Hip Hop Congress, in conjunction with Guerilla Art, Fly Society and Midwest Monstaz. The event is organized by Rockford College student Justin Saichek as part of a leadership project through the graduate assistants program at the College. Admission is free and the Burpee Center is accessible.

A Hip Hop Showcase will feature a display of local Hip Hop talent and will include the elements of BBoying, DJing, MCing, Spoken Word, and Visual Art. The event will also feature music spun by Dj-spk, Rick Monsta, and DJ Diesel. There will be a BBoy Cypher with the Midwest Monstaz and the Rockford BBoys and BGirls.

Art will be displayed by local artists including Eddie Fajardo, Jarrod Hennis of Pirate Ninja Print Shop, Mario Kayo Martinez of Guerilla Art, and Timo Weiner of V.A. Studios. A Spoken Word showcase will feature local artists Shawn Absolute Belknap, Chosen, Akeem Kizart, Rosie Thepoet, Christopher D. Sims, and Justin "The Last Wordbender” Saichek.

Founded in 2008 Rockford Hip Hop Congress is a local chapter of an international organization with branches in the United States, Europe, and Africa. A 501 (c) 3 Non Profit Corporation, Hip Hop Congress ( state on its website that it provides the Hip Hop Generation and the Post Hip Hop Generation with the tools, resources, and opportunities to make social, economic, and political change on a local, regional, and national level. Hip Hop Congress is the product of a merger of artists and students, music and community.

The local Rockford chapter of Hip Hop Congress works towards its mission in a variety of ways. Some events sponsored by the local chapter include workshops, battles, showcases, and movie screenings which incorporate the elements of BBoying, MCing, DJing, Spoken Word, and Art.

These events are held at a variety of locations in Rockford including libraries, bars, cafés, schools, community centers, and locally owned businesses. Recently, Rockford Hip Hop Congress received a Community Arts Access Grant from Rockford Area Arts Council to put on the All Elements Festival which will feature a display of local urban arts and will take place this summer in Downtown Rockford. In addition, the Rockford Hip Hop Congress hosts regular meetings where artists collaborate to promote the local Hip Hop community by striving to create positive images of Hip Hop culture through being politically, economically, and socially involved with the community.

Contact Justin Saichek at for more information about the event.

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