Finding the beat: NAU’s sixth annual Hip Hop Week returns to campus

Hip hop week

April 11, 2019

Northern Arizona University Ethnic Studies is preparing for its sixth Annual Hip Hop Week, which takes place on the Northern Arizona University campus from April 12-18. Events include concerts, freestyle rap and dance competitions and keynote speakers. This event, which is unique to NAU, is planned by students and provides an opportunity for them to share their love of this art with the community. The events are open to the public.

Learn more about students’ experiences planning and participating in past Hip Hop Appreciation Weeks.

Events include:

April 12: Past Present Futuristic! Concert; 6-10 p.m. at Ashurst Auditorium

The concert, sponsored by SUN Entertainment, features A$AP Twelvyy, Futuristic and Haiku d’Etat. Tickets are available at or by calling (928) 523-5661.

April 15: Open Mic Night: Word! – Words and Political Expression; 6-9 p.m. at SBS-Castro 110, co-hosted by SOUL SUGAR and MC “Young Rasp”

April 16: Hip Hop Beats & Indigenous Rhymes, interactive keynote talk with Kyle Mays, 6-8 p.m., Ashurst Auditorium. UCLA professor Kyle Mays (Black/Saginaw Anishinaabe) is a transdisciplinary scholar and public intellectual of urban history, Indigenous studies, Afro-Indigenous studies and popular culture, will explore the relationship between Black Americans and Indigenous peoples, moving from the foundations of the United States until the current hip hop era and will lead an interactive dialogue with the audience.

April 17: Indigenous Hip Hop & Street Art; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., University Union Amphitheater/Pedway. Featuring NeoGlyphix Indigenous Aerosol Art Collective

April 18: Movement as Expression & Resistance-Hip Hop Dance Showcase; 6:30-9 p.m., duBois Center Ballroom. Featuring UNITY Dance Crew, Worldwide, and NAU Badjacks and co-hosts: DJ 001 and MC Young Rasp

For more information, call (928) 523-8481, email or like us on Facebook.

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