Category Archives: Festival Coverage

The Legacy Tour 2016


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The Legacy Tour of 2016 was a major success.
Here are some of the cities visited during the multi city collaboration with colleges, libraries and brands.

Duquesne University
February 8th 5-7pm in the Africa Room of the Student Union 1000 Locust St. Pittsburgh, PA  15219.


Morehouse College
February 11, 2016 – Sale Hall:  7:30pm Film Screening & Panel

February 12, 2016:  Apache Cafe
For tickets to see Carolyn Malachi & Dee-1 live visit here.


Florida State University
February 19, 2016:
Student Life Cinema:  Film Screening 7:00pm
The Curators Volume 1 – A Story of Independence

Club Down Under
February 20, 2016

Headlining this show will be Dynasty and Carolyn Malachi.
To learn more and mark the calendar for this event check the official Facebook Event page hosted by Club Down Under.

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Tour Overview:
The 2016 “My Legacy” Tour is a collaborative effort that features emerging and up-and-coming musicians, tech specialist and filmmakers of today, in an effort to inspire young people by showing them examples of diverse African Americans who are successful in the creation of positive and uncompromising art.

This year, we aim to specifically educate, build and create new collaborative strategies around preserving hip hop culture, building institutions through advocating for in increase in independence and entrepreneurship within urban culture.

Why Legacy?
At Curators of Hip Hop, we feel it is extremely important to plan and build strong foundations for Hip Hop culture that can stand for generations.   By constantly learning and innovating, we as a collective, there are unmet opportunities to be gained by the strategic leadership and collaboration.

We understand that ‘Legacy’ is something far larger than Hip Hop but also comprehend that Hip Hop culture has the potential  to connect to the youth who will ultimately lead the future in some way, shape or form.

Stay up to date on our social media @thecohh (Twitter/IG) for campaign competition and tour updates under the hashtag

#MyLegacy #MyLegacyTour


(Written by Co-Founder: Jermaine Fletcher)


Formally known as BBoy in Shanghai, Battle In Shanghai has now wrapped up it’s 9th consecutive year of festivities.

This year featured dancers, judges and various artists from Brazil, Ukraine, China, Taiwan, Holland, U.S and more.

More than just a focus on dance, B.I.S has successfully accomplished the spreading of knowledge and hip hop history.  It provides exposure for dancers and a platform for many creative artists and media to build their network.

IMG_6063This year’s keynote pioneers featured Poppin Pete, Willie “Marine Boy”, King Uprock, Alien Ness and a long list of others.

We personally made new connections that will most likely spread our reach from France to Brazil over the next year.

After speaking with dancers, DJs, photographers and crews, I’ve learned that so many communities are going through the same things that many communities back in the U.S are also going through.

For example, I had a long and powerful conversation with a Brazil crew about austerity, race, Baltimore & Ferguson and how ‘most’ Brazillians feel about the 2016 Olympics.  Learning how they felt really illustrated just how similar we all are despite our distance.

In a nutshell , B.I.S is already becoming so much more than a battle and it’s potential to grow into something larger on a  social or even world political scale through the lens, voice and movement of hip hop culture is a sharp reality.


SXSW Experience with Ambassador


To say there are a lot of artists to see at a music festival is an understatement. At a panel discussion during the South by Southwest music festival and conference, one panelist said a music festival is a “place where I can see a whole lot of artists I wouldn’t be willing to spend money on to see by themselves.” With over 2,000 performers, ¼ of that list being hip hop artists, mostly independent, it is a good chance you may discover your next favorite rapper at SXSW or have a chance to finally see the one you’ve been hearing about on Meerkat for weeks, possibly for free.

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This year, SXSW Music (March 17-22) was filled with well-known headliners like Big Sean, Nas and J. Cole while featured blossoming artists like Dej Loaf, Joey Bada$$ and Earl Sweatshirt sharing the stage. I must admit as a first-time attendee I was excited to see multiple superstars performing together on one stage for once-in-a-lifetime opportunities at some of the heavily publicized events like Timbaland at Fader Fort and J.Cole at ACL Live at the Moody Theater.

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However, I mustn’t lose sight on the pulse of music festivals, raw, hungry and new talent. Thank goodness for social media. From an awesome easy-to-use SXSW app detailing all the artists and showcases broken down by music genre to create your own schedule for the week, to the tailored SXSW Spotify playlists to get your ears titillating for the new sounds to expect, to BuzzFeed always creating a list to do all the hard work for you and telling who exactly to look for, there are ways beyond hashtags to discover breakout SXSW stars, before, during and after the festival. Also, just because you don’t hear them on the radio doesn’t mean they don’t have an audience. Queens bred rapper Grafh has over 50K followers on Instagram and Houston based Lyric Michelle has over 1,000, but with more exposure and continued praise on sites like Rolling Stone and Austin 360, the numbers will come. Even at certain big artist events like Bun B’s Birthday Bash, nearly a dozen small buzzed artists took the stage before the legend, showing that big name artists support the promotion of new emcees and don’t want to turn the festival into a Grammys Week.

When SXSW first took place in 1987 with only 700 registrants in the not-so-popular city of Austin, mostly A&R reps came to the festival to scout future talent, like a combine for music artists. Nearly 30 years later, almost 30,000 registered attendees and hundreds of others who live locally in the city or come from out of town flock to what is now the 11th most populous city in the country to hang out on 6th St., grab a bite from the various options in food truck parks or try their luck standing in line for hours to get into a live show.

For new artists wanting a chance to shine on one of the 100+ venue stages scattered across downtown Austin next year, get on your grind, get your followers up and apply early. Registration hasn’t opened yet for 2016, but last year applications were due mid-October to participate in this year’s festival, so be on the look out in the late spring months for an announcement. In the words of legendary hip hop artist Will Smith, (hee hee, take it how you want), “If you stay ready, you ain’t gotta get ready.”

Written by Chantell Black (See Ambassador Page for Bio)