Culture Cultivation: The Summit of Alaska Hip Hop
Culture Cultivation: The Summit of alaska hip hop
Photos / Matt Captures
If you've followed rap music over the last 10 to 20 years or more, then you've witnessed the culture grow, change and evolve, stylistically, many times. Specific regions blossomed, obviously, starting with the East Coast, specifically New York, where hip hop was born. Sooner or later, the West Coast, with its completely unique and, at the time, very new sound and style took over the rap scene, commercially and musically. From there, we witnessed the South rise to prominence as their entire style, culture, sound and overall way of life influenced what was current and fresh in hip hop. Specific areas in the South, such as Houston, Atlanta, Memphis and Miami, to name a few, developed such a tight-knit, supportive music scene within their own respective cities that when artists from that city broke through and became mainstream or commercial successes many other artists from that area would eventually get notoriety and recognition which, in a lot of cases, meant more stars from the same place, all supporting and helping each other grow into even bigger, better artists.
The thing that I've been trying to do for a while now is help cultivate and build the talented but unfortunately, unrecognized (for now) hip hop music scene in Alaska. I want the Alaska hip hop scene to mirror that of Houston's, or Atlanta's or even the Bay Area’s. I feel like we are at a point where we've finally got a blossoming, healthy and competitive music scene with a decent sized talent pool that includes several local stars. There are so many great artists already and I'm excited to say that there are many more young artists on the rise, many of which performed this last Saturday at The Summit, an event thrown by Frozen Founders at Anchorage Community Works.
The Summit is a hip hop event that brings together not only local visual artists and painters, but musical acts that include some of Alaska's best hip hop artists as well as some new, young up-and-comers in the beginning stages of making names for themselves in Anchorage.