Today (March 12) marks the start of the second annual Hip-Hop Super Conference & Expo, the largest business-focused hip-hop confab. Held at New York's Puck Building, the four-day convention will o
Today (March 12) marks the start of the second annual Hip-Hop Super Conference & Expo, the largest business-focused hip-hop confab. Held at New York's Puck Building, the four-day convention will offer panels on everything from how to obtain a business certificate to the role of karma in hip-hop, as well as a range of panelists, from Mos Def and Talib Kweli, Violator co-founders Chris Lighty and Mona Scott, and Ruff Ryders president Chivon Dean.
Additionally, this year will mark the first induction ceremony for the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame. The event, scheduled for tomorrow evening, will honor the likes of Russell Simmons, Grandmaster Flash, Tupac Shakur, and KRS-One. A spokesperson for the convention was unable to confirm if some sort of permanent exhibit or physical Hall of Fame is in the works. Other artists set to be inducted include Kool DJ Herc, Crazy Legs, LL Cool J, Notorious B.I.G., Afrika Bambaataa, Dondi, Queen Latifah, Doug E. Fresh, and Slick Rick.
A film festival, fashion show, trade show, job fair, poetry showcase, and an MC competition are also planned for conference. While a number of panels will address business issues and studio tips, the convention includes a slew of culture-related discussions, including a history of urban film, homosexuality in hip-hop, rap slang, and the evolution of hip-hop journalism. An as-yet-unannounced showcase performance will close the event.
More than 30,000 people are expected to attend the convention. Walk-up registration is available, and guests can also sign-up and pay for individual panels if they do not want a full pass. Call 1-877-888-4472 or visit the event's official Web site for more information.