Xperience Creative announces ‘State Of The Union’ discussion on hip-hop and genre equality in Boston



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Earlier this month Moe Pope wrote an open letter to the New England Music Awards demanding to know why hip-hop was removed from its award categories. But only part of Pope’s frustration was directed towards the annual awards gala, which was called into question after Lisa Finelli of Xperience Creative noticed a distinct lack of people of color on its ballot. The veteran MC, echoing the frustrations of others, was also railing against a larger issue — that hip-hop, as an art form, is not valued in Boston.


Many have spoken out about having a dialogue about issues that are affecting the Boston hip-hop scene, and now that conversation will happen June 15 at iZotope in Cambridge.

Xperience Creative announced this afternoon its open discussion titled “Boston Music State Of The Union: Boston Hip Hop & Genre Equality”. iZotope, of course, is no stranger to hosting hot topic discussions on Boston music — last year it was the site of a series of forums on the city’s current state of live music (read our coverage here and here; the featured photo from this post is from those sessions).

Here is the event description:


Xperience Creative is partnering with iZotope and Boston music’s taste makers to have a HONEST & OPEN conversation addressing the dis-connectivity in Boston Music and exclusion of genres. Join us for a Boston Music ‘State of The Union’ at 7 p.m. at iZotope HQ in Cambridge. Thank you Moe Pope for being a catalyst to the conversation. The discussion will be led by a panel of experts across ALL GENRES and areas of expertise. Everyone in attendance will have the chance to speak and ask the real questions they’ve been wanting to ask. We welcome all members of the music, business, and tech communities to join the conversation. NOW IS THE TIME TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD! Registration is free, please register if you plan on attending.

In addition to Pope, the panel will also include KillerBoomBox co-founder Brandon Matthews, Booger Money founder Andréa Hudson, Rock and Roll Rumble organizer and Boston Emissions host Anngelle Wood, veteran musician and Sweet Tree Ink founder Dave Tree, and choreographer and PerformanceBuild founder C.D. Thompson.

Keep it locked to the event’s Facebook page for updates and other announcements.