November is Hip Hop Historical past Month and in celebration of all of the expertise that has come out of Yonkers, the Municipal Housing Authority (MHACY) and the Metropolis of Yonkers, are holding a contest to showcase up and coming native hip hop artists.
Yonkers has a wealthy historical past of nice musical artists. Earl “DMX Simmons, The Lox, and Mary J. Blige all hail from Yonkers. DMX and Mary J. Blige grew up in Yonkers’ public housing.
MHACY President and CEO Wilson Kimball turned fascinated by the position public housing performed within the growth of Hip Hop stars after MHACY and Def Jam information unveiled a memorial mural to hip hop artist DMX. X, who died in April, lived at 80 Faculty Road in Yonkers however developed a lot of his well-known rhymes whereas visiting his pal DJ Superior at MHACY’s Mulford Gardens.
Kimball has assembled some notables with Hip Hop cred to function a panel of judges together with native DJ Superior and members of Sporty Thievz in addition to an artist representing the Ruff Ryders.
“I used to be not a fan of hip hop rising up, however I got here to understand Hip Hop after DMX handed away earlier this 12 months,’’ mentioned Kimball. “First, I noticed he was round my age. Then, I noticed he grew up in MHACY housing. Lastly, I noticed his music got here from a darkish, actual, and trustworthy place. I could not have had the identical difficult childhood in the identical place, however I understood what he was going by as a result of his lyrics are so compelling.’’
Mayor Mike Spano mentioned that the competition wouldn’t solely assist to showcase new artists however would highlight Yonkers as a metropolis that has gone by a tremendous transformation, particularly regarding the high quality of its inexpensive and public housing.
“We have now some unimaginable expertise and inventive vitality right here within the Metropolis of Yonkers,’’ mentioned Spano. “This contest is not going to solely assist younger artists, however is an effective way to place a highlight on the great issues which might be occurring right here in our metropolis.’’
MHACY is asking artists to ship their movies to email@example.com by November 30 for judging. The primary-place winner will obtain a $500 present card from MHACY and Def Jam and will likely be featured on the DMX social media feed. Runner ups will obtain a $100 prize.
The winners may even get to carry out their work at a dwell occasion on December 18 on the Faculty Road health club with some shock visitor artists.