Some record industry bigwig told me once that Colorado Springs sells more hip-hop albums than any other region of Colorado, mostly due to the massive amount of military personnel stationed here. Apparently, those in the military are more inclined to get their freak on than the rest of us. Anyhow, it's only fitting that our own Colorado College would be the site of the 2001 Hip-Hop Conference, titled "Subject to Change."
More than just a concert, Subject to Change is a three-day dialogue on the social, political and cultural effects of hip-hop, examined through independent films, dance, forums, lectures and, of course, live music. We're not talking guns and thugs here -- this conference is all about creative, inventive, original urban music.
The conference kicks off Thursday night with a forum on the No More Prisons/Not with Our Money Campaign in the Gates Common Room at 3 p.m. Also, Nobody Knows My Name, a film about the challenges female artists face in the gangsta-driven hip-hop industry by Rachael Raimist, will be screened at 7 p.m. in the Worner Center's WES room.
On Friday, Prophet and Beauty Bragg speak from noon to 3 p.m. in Packard Hall, and the film series continues at 7 p.m. in the Max Kade Theatre with Scratch by Doug Pray and the premier of Incantation, by CC student and conference organizer Will Holloway. At 9:30 p.m., Acid Reign and the "think-hop" performer Buck 65 perform in Armstrong Hall; tickets are $5.
Saturday, it gets into full swing with an outdoor festival on Armstrong quad. Graffiti and break dance competitions precede live performances at 2:30 p.m. by The Procussions, Dragons of Edin and Accumen. At 3:30 p.m. the DJ Battle gets underway; ditto for the MC Battle at 4:30 p.m. All are welcome to enter, and those with mad skills will win fabulous prizes. Prophet, Acid Reign and Self Jupiter end the weekend with performances at 5:30 p.m. Admission to the Saturday festival is $5. Phew. Did we get it all?
For a full schedule, directions and details, call 389-6607.