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    My Brief Review on the Detroit Hip Hop Summit 2003…

    Held at the Cobo Hall Center in downtown Detroit, the Hip Hop Summit was definitely something every hip-hop lover in the D should have experienced. The summit itself was held on April 26, 2003, between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, part of the NAACP Freedom Week. Doors opened at 8:30 am, and best believe I was there at 8:30 am. The line to get in was extremely long, and parking was a bitch. Once in, I was surrounded by aspiring underground hip-hop artists. Everyone was trying to put themselves out there; selling their mix tapes, passing out flyers, doing whatever to get themselves noticed.

    8:30 – 10:00 am [doors open] People took their seats and chilled till the summit started. To keep us entertained, they played music videos on the big screens (mainly peeps off of Def Jam) and repetitively advertised the “Vendetta” video game, also music from mixer Kim James kept us going.

    10:00 – 10:30 am [welcome and introduction] That time came and our mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, (youngest mayor in the country by the way), opened up the summit with his view on hip-hop and how it influenced him and gave a brief speech on what we would be expecting throughout the day. WJLB’s Reggie Reg, the Mayor, Russell Simmons, Dr Benjamen Chavis also credited as Minster Benjamin F. Muhammad [the minister from the movie BELLY], and MC Serch gave an introduction. (He also hosted most of the summit itself)

    10:30 – 12:30 am [session I, “Hip Hop – The Evolution” Hip-Hop’s Economic Impact] This panel discussion covered three major topics exploring hip-hop’s economic power, growth and expansion, influence and viability: Hip-Hop culture Today, Getting in the Game, and Hip-Hop Tomorrow. 30 minutes was left at the end of the discussion for a question and answer period between the audience and panelists. Topics that were discussed:
    • The evolution of music because of the hip-hop genre
    • Various areas, levels and ways to get in the industry
    • The basics: What young entrepreneurs need to know about the game
    • Where is Hip-Hop going and how will it change?

    Panelists from Session I: Russell Simmons, Paul Rosenberg, Mike Kaiser, D12 (excluding Eminem, he didn’t come out until the Session II, and I don’t recall seeing Swifty), Toya Hankins, Doug. E Fresh, T3 from Slum Village, Obie Trice, Khary Turner, The Bass Brothers[WEB Entertainment], KJ Holiday[WJLB Program Director]

    12:30 - 1:30 pm [“The Jump Off”] This was the intermission between the first session and second session. During this time, me and my girls “explored” the area. Lots of underground artists trying to get they name out there, passing out flyers, trying to sell their mix tapes, etc., outside (with a lovely view right across the Detroit River I may add ) were about 5 groups of people freestyling, making beats, beat boxing, etc., shit was dope. I also ran into a few familiar faces. I’m sure most of you have the 8 Mile DVD, yall remember “Confusion” right, ol’ girl “B. Rabbit” tore up in the Uncut battles scenes? Well I gave a quick holla at her. I took a pic with Miss Korona (“Vanessa” from the Lunch Truck Freestyle in 8 Mile), she was coo as hell, also got a pic of King Gordy (that ***** is crazy).

    1:30 – 4:00 am [Session II, “Hip-Hop-The Remix” Hip-Hop’s Politcal Impact]

    First of, before anything was discussed, Nas received his “Heroes Award” for “ I Can” and Eminem received his “Outstanding Achievement Award” for donations to Detroit (He bought a couple thousand jackets for homeless kids).

    In this panel discussion three major areas outlining Hip-Hop’s political power and influence in America was covered: Hip-Hop’s Barriers/Challenges and Generation “Now.” Another 30 minutes was left at the end of the discussion for a question and answer period between the audience and panelists.
    Topics discussed:
    • Hip-Hop’s domestic cultural influence
    • Hip-Hop’s international influence
    • Is hip-Hop still the voice of the people
    • Hip-Hop’s challenges: stigmas, labels, etc.
    • Hip-Hop lyrics: art imitating life of vice versa
    • The political power of Hip-Hop: a new generation of political power

    Panelists from Session II: Russell Simmons, Play (from Kid N' Play) Eminem, Nas (he didn't stay the whole time though, he had to catch a plane somewhere), Rev. Run (DMC), Rev. Wendel Anthony (President of Detroit Branch NAACP), Min. Dawud Muhammad, Cherub (New chick on Arista Records), the DOC (remember that *****?), and N.O.R.E.

    Overall, the Hip-Hop summit was excellent, I took a couple pics, don’t know how they’re gonna come out, but if most are good I’ll post em. -KoKo

    *please excuse typos (if any)*

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    dope

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    • #3
      koko? all this time i thought your name was UndrEmzNfluence........learn something new everyday.........glad you enjoyed
      My lyrics are blueprints to money makin' - Tupac

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      • #4
        Originally posted by four dub
        koko? all this time i thought your name was UndrEmzNfluence........learn something new everyday.........glad you enjoyed
        ::heh:: KoKo is my nickname... :D

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        • #5
          good sh*t. Good to see Michigan being more involved in hip hop and not just in LA or NYC.


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          • #6
            gr8t review, wish i could have been there

            thx for posting
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            • #7
              uppin

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              • #8
                damn, I wish I was there, nice review

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                and if the hurt ends, you're sure blessed...
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                • #9
                  sounds like it was dope. good review, ups on postin' it!
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                  • #10
                    yo...


                    do u know if a group called P. Rage was there?




                    peace.
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                    • #11
                      nice....got pics?

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                      • #12
                        YO POST THAT PIC OF CONFUSSION I THINK SHE HAS POTENTIAL TO LOOK DROP DEAD GOOD I THOUGHT SHE KILLED HERSLEF WHEN SHE GOT "RIPED.................. KSHHHHH, LIERALLY"
                        "SO UNDERGROUND I WRITE MY RHYMES ON FOSSILS "

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by bizarre11427
                          YO POST THAT PIC OF CONFUSSION I THINK SHE HAS POTENTIAL TO LOOK DROP DEAD GOOD I THOUGHT SHE KILLED HERSLEF WHEN SHE GOT "RIPED.................. KSHHHHH, LIERALLY"
                          I didn't take a pic with confusion, sorry...by tha way, she didn't have braids in her hair, she looked normal, i mean nothin great, coo chick tho...

                          Originally posted by Eyerone
                          yo...


                          do u know if a group called P. Rage was there?




                          peace.
                          not that i recall

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                          • #14
                            good review..thanks

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                            • #15
                              cool, sounds fun. do you have pics?
                              Be more concerned with your character than your reputation... Your character is who you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.

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