The second annual Chattanooga Hip-Hop Week music, arts and entertainment week kicks off October 9, with a wide range of events focusing on both live concerts and educational experiences, all open to the public.
The event follows Mayor Tim Kelly’s official proclamation recognizing Hip-Hop Week earlier this year, and event organizers are also encouraging the public to hold their own events as part of the celebration.
“Our goal is to create an educational environment that impacts everyone in the room,” said Micah Chapman, event organizer and community advocate.
“It’s a place where hip-hop creators come together to learn, network and define their future. The Chattanooga Hip-Hop Summit was created to give budding artists the opportunity to break into the music business by gaining insights from industry experts, and we’re excited to expand this event into the second year.
As shown below, the celebration will include art exhibits, poetry events, live music, family activities and the week’s flagship event, the Chattanooga Hip Hop Summit conference. This year’s conference will take place at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center and will feature panelists such as Wendy Day, Starlito, Bigga Rankin and Kim Osorio, among others. The conference is free but the public must register in advance for the Summit due to limited seating.
Summit panel discussions will cover topics including marketing, branding, sync placement, strategies for getting your music heard, effective use of social media platforms, and even a panel hosted by WJTT Power 94 By involving industry experts as well as artists like Parlae from Dem Franchize Boyz, Yung Ralph and Big V from Nappy Roots, the Summit hopes to provide a wealth of knowledge to artists, managers, producers, engineers and even associated entrepreneurs. to the hip-hop industry.
On Thursday, October 14, Trap Beckham, along with several local artists, will perform at UTC’s Hayes Auditorium, which will also include Rap-Trap Karaoke hosted by the Infinity Vibes podcast. Friday night, a hip hop concert will take place at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center with Dem Franchize Boyz, Yung Ralph and a cast of Chattanooga legends.
Chattanooga Hip-Hop Week is sponsored by Lyndhurst Foundation, Benwood Foundation, Chattanooga Tourism Company, EPB, Tech Goes Home Chattanooga, Cempa Community Care, University of Tennessee Chattanooga, WTCI-PBS, Co-operate , Inc., Sankofa Fund, Chattanooga State Community College, The Holistic Connection, TVFCU, Workhound, Peach Cobbler Factory, Steam Logistics, Open Hearts Org, River City Company, It’s Gorgeous Music, J Kristyle Radio, Imperial Vibez and The Blk Sheep.
Full list of events happening during the week:
Sunday October 9
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Hip-Hop Family Day Presented by EPB, Miller Park
Live music, vendors and games for the whole family
monday october 10
7:00 p.m., Hip-Hop Poetry Slam, The Spot on Main
Showcase of poetry and spoken word
tuesday october 11
7:00 p.m., Clout Trap Showcase, Wanderlinger
Winners of all 2022 Local Artist Showcases will compete for the Grand Prize
Wednesday October 12
6:00 p.m., Chattanooga Hip-Hop Summit Reception, Waterhouse Pavilion
Happy hour dressed to impress to kick off Chattanooga Hip-Hop Summit
8:00 p.m., Hype Magazine Window, Waterhouse Pavilion
The acclaimed magazine will host an event that includes a panel and live music
Thursday October 13
1:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Chattanooga Hip-Hop Summit Day One, Bessie Smith Cultural Center
Panels will include Getting the Right Business and Monetizing Your Music
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Hip-Hop at the Hunter, “Hip-Hop Meets Memories & Inspiration”, The Hunter Museum
Attendees can browse the exhibition of the Kerry and C. Betty Davis African American Art Collection, hear lyrics and live music.
7:00 p.m., Rap-Trap Karaoke Live at UTC with Trap Beckham, Swayyvo, Qualls, Calee and T Rizer
This event is for currently enrolled UTC students only
friday october 14
1:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Chattanooga Hip-Hop Summit Day 2, Bessie Smith Cultural Center
Panels will include marketing and branding, thriving as an independent artist, and getting your music out there
7:30 – 11:00 p.m., “Hip-Hop Legends at the Bessie” with Dem Franchize Boyz, Yung Ralph, as well as Mistic Click, HPGz, Maal the Pimp, D Cooley, Poho, Smokke Dogg, Bessie Smith Cultural Center
Live concert, cash bar
Saturday October 15
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Chattanooga Hip-Hop Summit Day Three, Bessie Smith Cultural Center
Panels will include the Power 94 panel and Songwriting & Publishing