Drop the Beat!

Incredible opportunity for teens to explore culture and social issues through Hip Hop 2015: And the Youth Will Lead Us

Thursday, June 18, 2015

​(Virginia Beach, VA) – Hip Hop 2015: And the Youth Will Lead Us presented by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is back this year by popular demand! The 8-week program for teens ages 13-17 explores hip hop culture and social issues, and gives participants the opportunity to collaborate to write and perform an original song to be played on 103 Jamz. The program runs from June 29 to August 20, from 6 - 8 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays at Williams Farm Recreation Center. Space is still available for participants.

Through instruction and guided discussions, teens will explore the history and foundations of hip hop, including the five elements upon which the culture is based: emceeing, DJ-ing, B-boying, graffiti, and knowledge. Each participant will select an element to study further through an interactive workshop. The entire group will select a social issue to influence them as they write, record, and perform their own song.

The program will conclude with the “Big Reveal,” Thursday, August 20, when the entire group will perform their song for family, friends, and special guests. The song will also be played on 103 Jamz. Videos from last year’s program and Big Reveal performance can be viewed on Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation’s YouTube page.

There is no charge to register for Hip Hop 2015, although a Virginia Beach Recreation Center membership or day pass is required. Interested participants can register online with their pin and barcode, or in-person at any recreation center.

Hip Hop 2015: And the Youth Will Lead Us is collaboration between Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation, Clever Communities in Action, Universal Zulu Nation Chapter 30, Clear Channel’s 103 Jamz, and Mr. Dear Photography.


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