Celebrate Hip Hop Appreciation Week May 15-20 at Central Library

St. Louis Public Library celebrates the history and culture of hip-hop with its 4th Annual Hip Hop Appreciation Week, running May 15-20 at Central Library, 1301 Olive Street. All events are free and open to the public.

This year, the Library’s Hip-Hop Appreciation Week programming includes:

Hip Hop Appreciation Week Pre-Programs:

Lyrics in the Making (Teens Only)
May 2 & 9
6-7:30 p.m., Creative Experience
Write your own lyrics and create your own beats with help from ex’treme Institute by Nelly instructor Alonzo “Zo” Lee. Then get ready to perform your completed piece at Central Library’s talent show, Straight Outta Central on May 15.

Hip Hop Appreciation Week Programs:

Straight Outta Central: Talent Show (Teens Only)
May 15
4-5 p.m., Teen Lounge
Show your talent and rap, rhyme, freestyle or sing and give props to Hip Hop Appreciation Week.

DJ Kimmie Nu Live
May 15
6-7 p.m., Central’s Atrium
DJ Kimmie Nu spins during this live Hip Hop performance.

Open Mic
May 15
7-8:30 p.m., Central’s Auditorium
Show off your talent rap, rhyme or freestyle and celebrate Hip Hop Appreciation Week.

iLLPHONiCs Concert
May 16
7-8 p.m., outside Central Library
iLLPHONiCs is more than a band, it’s an identity. All five individuals in the band are founding members and, since 2006, they’ve consistently made some of the most groundbreaking music in the Midwest, tastefully blend rap vocals with strong musical composition.

Lunch Beat STL featuring Nappy DJ Needles
May 17
Noon-1 p.m., Creative Experience
Lunch Beat is back again for a special Hip Hop lunchtime dance party with Nappy DJ Needles. Buy lunch on site or bring yours , but break out your best moves for these beats.

DJ Workshop
May 17
7-8 p.m., Creative Experience
Join DJ Alejan for a workshop on DJing.

I Am Hip Hop
May 18
7-8:30 p.m., Carnegie Room
Aja La’ Starr ’s celebrates the LGBTQ community in Hip Hop with a live performance and discussion.

Hip Hop Virtual Reality
May 19
2-5 p.m., Creative Experience
Try out our HTC-Vive headset and create stunning graffiti in virtual reality or load your favorite hip-hop song and feel the music with the VR game Audioshield.

Business of Hip Hop Workshop
May 20
12-2 p.m., Creative Experience
In this workshop, Alonzo “Zo” Lee, from the ex’treme Institute by Nelly, will explore the inner workings of the business of Hip Hop.

“Hip Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes” Screening
May 20
2-4 p.m., Creative Experience
A riveting examination of manhood, sexism and homophobia in hip-hop culture. Director Byron Hurt, former star college quarterback, longtime hip-hop fan and gender violence prevention educator, conceived the documentary as a "loving critique" of a number of disturbing trends in the world of rap music.