Seattle-based Hip-Hop Group Goes Worldwide
SEATTLE, WA – A group of Seattle-based hip-hop artists, known collectively as The Hip-Hop Handbook, are trying to bring positivity back to the Hip-hop scene, traveling the world and reaching out to the youth in the process.
So, what is this HIP HOP HANDBOOK? The Hip Hop Handbook is plain and simple – urban education and entertainment that reaches out to academia to show students that there are healthy choices available within taxing social issues and situations in life.
The showcases were founded in 2006 by Justin Murta, aka: “Justice” and Jairus Green, aka: “Professor Icee,” both members of emcee collective known as “Rebelz”. They have featured and collaborated with elements of: Rock Steady Crew, Fraggle Rock and MTVs ANBDC ‘Fresh Select’, to create their message – currently focusing on students from elementary school to college level, entertaining and inspiring through the positive performances.
Parents and teachers got wind of the showcases and workshops and embraced it by bringing the HIP HOP HANDBOOK into the classroom. They cover such subjects as: The History of Hip Hop, Break Dancing Instruction, Emceeing, DJ’ing and Aerosol Arts and also incorporate positive messaging and curriculum topics such as “Anti-Bullying”, Literacy, Anti-obsesity, Anti-Drugs, and much more.
Their core mission: To teach, entertain and build confidence in the youth sector via the promotion of positivity of the hip hop culture while trying to best instill a high esteem for kids’ self-expression through the arts and alternative artistic expression.
Based in the Seattle area, Justin and Jairus spend the entire year traveling the nation performing at assemblies, workshops, festivals and even corporate events. They work extensively, spreading their knowledge and teaching the next generation about the History of Hip Hop and as an extension of the live performances they produce educational and instructional media such as: Books, CD’s and DVD’s. They are a dynamic show that incorporates every audience member pulling out some of the best freestyling, b-boying, and poetic justice in the country!
What’s on tap for The Hip Hop Handbook?
· Continuous work with the YMCA Summer Youth Program for under privileged youth
· Performance at the renowned Jason Ford Amphitheatre on August 1st
· Tour of S.E. Asia to support landmine and cultural awareness
· USO/Armed Forces Entertainment Tour
· Production of their first FULL LENGTH feature film with DBAR Productions
· The next edition of the HIP HOP HANDBOOK’s media with a new CD and instructional DVD’s to be released on October 1st
· Continued performances at schools and festivals nationwide throughout the 2009/2010 school year.
Upcoming Hip-Hop Handbook performances:
Ford Ampetheater Performance
Saturday, August 1 at 10:00am
Hip-Hop Handbook Performance
The Ashland Dome
Sunday, August 2 at 5:00pm
Tualitin Crawfish Festival
Saturday, August 8 at 2:00pm
Tualatin Crawfish Festival
Saturday, August 8 at 2:00pm
Hip Hop Handbook Vietnam Tour!
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Friday, August 21-26
Hip-Hop Handbook Thailand Tour
Thursday, August 27-Sept 2nd
For more information, please visit http://www.hiphophandbook.com/
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The show was fabulous. The gentleman were wonderful to deal with and interacted well with the students. ---Kevin Wiltshire, Principal
West Intermediate School
Mt. Pleasant, MI
Our kids loved the Hip Hop Handbook show! They cheered, yelled, danced, and more importantly learned a little about respect and some music history. --- Judy Whitson
T. C. Cherry Elementary School
Bowling Green, KY
Dynamic, entertaining, great history of how hip hop came to be. Related well with the audience of all ages. GREAT JOB! --- Lauren Brown
Potosi Elementary School
Program was excellent! Our students loved it. Not only was it entertaining, but it offered information on the history of Hip Hop. Communication regarding the event was smooth and well done. ---Darlene Milner
Pinewood Elementary School
North Lauderdale, FL
Talent was OUTSTANDING! Pace was great, kept everyone's attention. Great message. --- Steve Kindy
Lakeview Middle School
Battle Creek, MI
My students really enjoyed the program. They were amazed with the talent of the guys and were interested in the history of hip hop. They really enjoyed it when students got to go up and do some aspects of hip hop, especially the dancing. The music used was great for the adults--who doesn't love disco?! --- Mary Stallman
St. Joseph Parish School
All students that I spoke to were very complimentary of the performance. I also heard several students comment on things that they learned such as types of record scratching. Teachers that I spoke to reported that they thought this was the best Arts and Humanities activity that our school has ever had. Thanks so much to Justin and Jarius for a wonderful performance!!!! ---Patricia Richardson
Wayne County High School
A very exciting, high energy assembly! The format included excellent audience participation for all grade levels, K-6. --- Stephanie Smolen
Briarcrest Elementary School