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Hip Hop Congress

Hip Hop Congress

Hip Hop Congress

Mission

A community-service based student organization that strives unite people through creativity, social activism and cultural expression.

Separating the grinders from the grazers since 2004.

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  • Hip Hop Congress is the product of a merger of artists and students, music and community. It is significant because it provides one of few paths for highly creative and often disenfranchised youth where they can channel their energy into a strong and organized force aimed at improving their community.

Executive Board

President / Chapter Head
Micah Traylor

Events & Programming Chair
Rachel Owen

Public Relations Chair
Jaime Ortiz

Community Relations Chair
James Ortiz

Treasurer
Luis Cruz

 A&R
Jennifer Romero

Historian
Sofia Valladares

Bobcat Preview
  • As part of Bobcat Preview and in conjunction with Student Diversity and Inclusion, Interruptions and University Police Department.

    The Diversity Presentation is a humorous and thought-provoking presentation that focuses on diversity. Hip Hop Congress facilitates 18 presentations to over 5,500 incoming and new students as part of Bobcat Preview.  The Diversity Presentation includes original skits and live performances in an "edutainment" format.  Participants learn what diversity is, how history has made diversity complex and challenging, and how diversity is valued at Texas State.

Annual TRiO Hip Hop Exchange
  • The Hip Hop Exchange establishes a common ground where students can learn the importance of education through the culture of hip hop.  HHX will be provided for the 16th consecutive year and continues to group with the collaborative support of the SDI Office and the TRiO Programs.

The Epidemic Showcase
  •  Epidemic: Freestyle Battle and Artist Showcase 

    An annual program that showcases the four elements of hip hop (rap/emcee, DJ, break dance and graffiti art) for the purposes of promoting diversity, unity and entertainment.  The event also includes several live performances showcasing a variety of break/hip hop dance, spoken work, graffiti art and music styles. 
Congress Kids

Congress Kids

  • Congress Kids strives to edutain and inspire disenfranchised youth to become involved in social action, civic service, and cultural creativity through pedagogically proven methods to encourage academic, emotional and personal success in preparation for secondary school advancement and ultimately postsecondary education. 

A Texas Statement

Texas Statement

  • Texas STATEment: Volume I, II & III 

    Each volume is a hip hop mixtape album and compilation of songs created by Hip Hop Congress members and alums for Texas State students and others about their Bobcat pride and experience.  Originally conceived as a idea when the organization was formed in fall of 2004 by HHC Founders, the idea did not fully come to fruition until spring 2007.  The mixtape album is supported by the Office of Vice President for Student Affairs, the SDI Office, the Office of Vice President of Enrollment, Management and Marketing including University Marketing and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  
     
    Many of the songs could be songs can be heard playing from cars and dorm rooms across campus, adding to the pride and tradition Texas State Bobcats have for their university. Click links below for a sample of previous volumes:
     
    Volume I   |  Volume II  | Contact the SDI Office for copies of Volume III

The rise and importance of Hip Hop

Hip Hop began thirty years ago as the artistic expression of Black and Latinx communities in New York’s inner city. Hip Hop draws on elements from all of its musical ancestors such as the African drum, slave spirituals, blues, jazz, rock and roll. Hip Hop gives a voice to those who have been unheard. It is based upon four elements: dance (break dancing), art (graffiti art), poetry (rapping) and music (DJ). The growth in popularity of Hip Hop is due to the devotion of youth and cultures worldwide, from Japan to France to Brazil to Australia. It has developed into a worldwide forum through which family, community, social and political grievances are aired.

Perhaps because of its inner city base, Hip Hop is often identified erroneously as a forum for gangsters, drugs, misogyny, and other negative images. The Hip Hop Congress strives to combat that stereotype by creating exposure to the positive attributes of Hip Hop.