EDITOR’S NOTE: Rapacon’s founder, interviewed at the beginning of the video, is named CURTIS SHERROD, not Rashad.
On May 29th, we attended the 8th annual Rapacon in Philadelphia, PA. It’s a multifaceted hip-hop focused event, including a non-stop “Rapathon” cypher full of upcoming and veteran emcees alike, as well as a “DJ-Con”, where DJs take turns spinning short sets back to back without any breaks. Performances from Philly rap legends like Schoolly D and Bahamadia went down, as well as an old school hip-hop cosplay competition paired with food, drinks, and vendors galore.
From 10AM until 1AM, pure hip-hop culture permeated from inside and outside a banquet hall in one of the most important cities in the music’s history. We not only spectated, but had the opportunity to interview various organizers and participants of Rapacon as well. From the event’s creator Curtis Rashad, to legendary human beatbox Emanon, to numerous emcees and DJs involved, we got an inside look at every aspect of this nostalgia-fueled festival. I even got in on the action myself and jumped into a cypher with Emanon and some other dope emcees at the park across the street.
Rapacon began in New York and expanded to Philadelphia this year, with plans to spread out more with each coming year. As long as events like Rapacon continue to happen and people continue to participate and attend, the original feeling of hip-hop, not just as a music, but as a culture and a feeling, will never die.
artwork at 7:56 by Andre Leroy Davis