This past year saw Hip-Hop music dominate the mainstream, finally eclipsing all other musical categories as the most-listened-to genre.
According to Nielsen’s 2017 year-end report, for the first time ever, R&B/Hip-Hop became the most dominant genre, with seven of the top 10 most-consumed albums coming from that genre.
Nielsen said the Hip-Hop/R&B genre ended as the largest genre of the year in terms of “total consumption,” which includes album sales and album-equivalent streaming figures.
So, to celebrate the artform born from a 1973 mid-August Bronx block party thrown by DJ Kool Herc, the Music District is proud to present Hip-Hop History Month.
Beginning November 1, Hip-Hop History Month boasts a lineup of performances and workshops featuring special guests Carnage the Executioner (Twin Cities, MN), Kid Astronaut (Denver, CO), Bahamadia (Philadelphia, PA), Sacramento Knoxx (Detroit, MI), Kind Dub (Fort Collins, CO), and more.
Here’s a complete rundown of our Hip-Hop History Month events for November (follow the links to learn more and RSVP):
Art of Sampling: Creating a New Vibe
NOV 1 | 5pm | @ the Music District | RSVP
Hip-Hop duo Kind Dub, alongside Sacramento Knoxx, are set to host an interactive workshop centered around the artform and history of sampling. Topics include finding and recording samples, where to look, and how to use pieces of music production hardware and software to begin sampling.
First Friday: Native American Heritage Celebration + Hip Hop
NOV 2 | 6pm | @ Downtown Artery | RSVP
The First Friday opening reception at the Downtown Artery celebrates Native American heritage and Hip-Hop in the same night. Enjoy performances from Sacramento Knoxx, Kind Dub, Red Feather Woman, Tony Ranger, Equanimous, & Terrance Jade.
First Friday Hip-Hop Flash Mob
NOV 2 | 7:30pm | @ Old Town Square | RSVP
Kick off the Hip-Hop History Month with a Hip-Hop styled flash mob performance during the First Friday Gallery Walk in Downtown Fort Collins. Easy to learn and no dance experience needed – come get your groove on! Choreography, inspired by “The Greatest Showman”, courtesy of Kevin Yu of the mightyrockmorez crew. (There will be a site-specific run-through in Old Town Square on November 1, at 7pm for those participating).
Songwriting, Improv & Freestyling with Carnage the Executioner
NOV 3 | 11am | @ the Music District | RSVP
Carnage The Executioner presents a give-and-take dialogue centered around what circumstances enable artists to create efficiently and effectively, what experiences qualify writers to call themselves musicians, and what music lovers are looking for in final musical compositions. Participants will have the opportunity to play their own musical creations and will be encouraged to compose music on-the-spot with Carnage himself.
Beat Boxing & Vocal Percussion with Carnage the Executioner
NOV 3 | 1:30pm | @ the Music District | RSVP
This workshop will cover the fundamentals of human beat boxing and a brief history on its origins, led by Carnage the Executioner. Participants will be instructed on how to record themselves beatboxing using a PA with a microphone and a loop pedal/machine to build multiple layers in the form of a musical beat box orchestra! Those in attendance will build their own musical soundscapes from scratch.
On the Road as an Independent Artist: The One (hundred) Person Army
NOV 6 | 6pm | @ the Music District | RSVP
Join us at The Music District for an intimate conversation with Sarah Slaton (Edison) and Carnage the Executioner, on the ups and downs of being an independent artist in today’s transformative music industry. Moderated by Cory Clarke of Kind Dub, we will dive into topics like how to diversify your approach as a performing and recording artist, as well as the struggles and successes of DIY touring and independent artist management. These two veteran music professionals and touring artists will share stories, experiences, and invaluable knowledge on how you can design and carve your own path in chasing your creative dreams and endeavors.
Mic Check: A Conversation with Bahamadia
NOV 9 | 7pm | @ the Music District | RSVP
To celebrate Hip-Hop History Month, we welcome Hip-Hop royalty Bahamadia to the Music District on Friday, November 9. Veteran Hip-Hop journalist Kyle Eustice (Wax Poetics, The Source, HipHopDX, Vice), will moderate the conversation. The Music District Mic Check invites you to go behind-the-scenes and beyond the music with intimate conversations featuring some of your favorite musicians and industry insiders.
Wild Style: A Hip Hop Art Show
NOV 15 | 4pm | @ the Music District | RSVP
Join us for the Art Exhibit “Wild Style” showcasing hip-hop inspired artwork by two local artists Paul Lukes and CM Canino. Meet the artists during the opening on Thursday November 15th from 4-5pm. “Wild Style” pays homage to the various art forms and styles hip-hop has produced and the artists it has influenced.
MD in the Mix: Kid Astronaut
NOV 15 | 8pm | @ the Magic Rat | RSVP
Come out and hang with the Music District team at the Magic Rat for a performance by Denver’s own Kid Astronaut.
Groove Theory: Producer Meetup w/ Kruza Kid
NOV 21 | 7pm | @ the Music District | RSVP
Groove Theory’s mission is to provide a place and format for music producers of all levels to share new, original works-in-progress and to get constructive and supportive feedback from fellow producers so we can all improve our craft. Join us this November for a masterclass with Mile High Sound Movement’s own Kruza Kid.
Hip-Hop History Month is brought to you in collaboration with the Downtown Fort Collins Creative District and the Downtown Artery. Check out our calendar for more upcoming events.