By Mike Sessions |Staff Writer|
Hip hop has contributed to the world as one of the most unique music cultures since the 1970’s.
CSUSB’s Black Student Union recently hosted the annual My Love For Hip-Hop show, a part of their Black History Month set of events.
The host of the event, Eddie Hewitt, recapped, “My Love For Hip-Hop is an event that celebrates hip hop history and its impact on culture. This year we did it through games, local artist performances and video clips.”
The Events Center was in for a night full of those very performances, from artists around the Inland Empire, including fun games for the audience to participate in.
Upon entering, you saw the stage engulfed in blue, purple and white lights, the DJ spinning some of the crowd’s favorite records and the African American community coming together for a dedication to the art.
Last year’s event focused on the 90’s era of hip hop and the artists that resulted from it. This year the theme of the event was the “Bling Bling” era, ranging from 1998-2005.
This era consisted of artists such as: The Hot Boyz, famous for coining the term “Bling”, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, The Game, 50 Cent, Eminem, Ludacris, etc.
One of the performers of the event however, rapper Alan Baker, is trying to establish himself in the present era. After receiving praise for his unique ability of rapping and gaining new fans in the audience, he shared, “It’s humbling to see that, thank you. God bless!”
Next to local artists being able to showcase their skills on the microphone, audience members were invited to prove themselves in games of “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” and “Hip-Hop Jeopardy,” much like the television show, but only with Hip Hop formulated questions.
During “Hip-Hop Jeopardy,” two teams of five battled each other over categories: Female MC, Rap Duo/Group, Male MC, West Coast and Random. Each category contained questions pertaining to the artists of the “Bling Bling” era and the songs affiliated with the era.
In the heat of things, it was not only a test for participants, but for the crowd as well, as you saw numerous students trying to figure out the answers to the questions amongst their friends.
The crowds favorite, however, probably went to “Don’t Forget The Lyrics”.
It easily turned from a game of filling in the blanks to a song, to a mass karaoke event with everyone reminiscing on one of Hip hop’s golden ages.
“I enjoyed the show,” said Freshman Rachael Conner.
“Hip-hop is about telling a moral story and how we overcame so many obstacles in life. BSU did an amazing job putting the show together.”
Hip-hop is not just Black history, it is American history. The event’s video clips of past performers and new performers gave light to the culture that we are all a part of. BSU taught us that not only are we consumers of hip-hop, but that we are hip-hop.