by Carissa Dunlap
Emerson’s Hip-Hop Society is bringing the love, good vibes and originality to Emerson’s rap scene. Beginning in the fall of 2014, Car Lyle and Sean Clampett came together to create an alternative organization centering on a mutual appreciation for the art of hip-hop. Since then, the organization has grown immensely, not only discussing the art of hip-hop but creating it for all of Boston and beyond to hear.
This year, Hip-Hop Society is run by Eve Smith, Justice Harrison and Jacob Schlanger. Eve describes herself as a modern-era B girl with an old school flow, influenced by the likes of MF Doom, Anderson .Paak, J. Cole, and No Name Gypsy (currently known as Noname). Justice aims to embody Kanye West’s production style and to develop a lyrical focus on black culture and government. Jacob deems himself a punk rapper, incorporating live guitar and acoustic sounds into his arrangements and addressing heavy, blunt content written with a poetic twist.
Hip-Hop Society’s three main purposes are to motivate, to inspire, and to collaborate. Whether it is to motivate everyone in the society or to motivate themselves individually, members push each other to develop their skills and to begin making their mark on the broader musical scene. They each draw influences from one another and from outside artists, challenge each other to take artistic risks, and encourage other students to get involved. Collaboration is key in keeping the society going. During current-president Jacob Schlanger’s freshman year, the society began to freestyle together. Eventually, the group decided to make a mixtape as their collective concept. While it never came to fruition, it brought members together each week to bounce off ideas, to create music, and to have a good time. Currently, the society has their own SoundCloud that they hope to eventually fill with the music of different members.
To them, hip-hop is about inclusion and expression. “Hip-hop has the power to incorporate different music styles more than any other genre,” says Eve Smith. “A small portion of a beat or an instrumental of another genre can suddenly become the main loop of your song.” Hip-Hop Society is not an officially recognized Emerson organization. While the topic of becoming an official organization has been discussed in the past, their main focus now is to get their names out to the public. For now, the heads of the society hope to showcase the talent they have within the group, and to embrace more student talent in order to gain fresh minds for creations. This year, a major project they hope to work on is a complete creation made by all members of the society. They hope to be able to share this project with the public.
On Thursday, October 13th from 8 to 11 p.m., the society will take the stage for their first official live performance at the House of Blues Foundation Room. For their first show, members will be able to perform all original material. There will be no group performances, but Jacob mentions there will be a “familial atmosphere between the group taking on the stage.” Lucas Frangiosa, a member of the society, will be opening the show with his own version of light house pop vibes.
Anyone over 21 is welcome to attend, as long as you have five dollars to spare. At the House of Blues Foundation Room stage, expect to see a wide range of styles. Anywhere from pop inspiration to very old school flow, a variety of music will surely blast through the speakers. In the future, the heads of the society expect to have more house shows and opens mics, and hope to collaborate with other organizations in the Emerson community.