Hip hop competition in memory of DMX announced by Yonkers Municipal Housing Authority & City
November is Hip Hop History Month and to celebrate all of Yonkers’ talent, the Municipal Housing Authority (MHACY) and the Town of Yonkers are holding a competition to showcase up and coming local hip hop artists.
Yonkers has a rich history of great musical artists. Earl “DMX Simmons, The Lox and Mary J. Blige are all from Yonkers. DMX and Mary J. Blige grew up in social housing in Yonkers.
MHACY President and CEO Wilson Kimball became fascinated with the role social housing played in the development of hip-hop stars after MHACY and Def Jam Records unveiled a commemorative mural in honor of hip-hop artist DMX. X, who died in April, lived at 80 School Street in Yonkers, but developed several of his famous rhymes during a visit to his friend DJ Superior at MHACY’s Mulford Gardens.
Kimball assembled a few notables with Hip Hop credibility to serve as a jury comprising local DJ Superior and members of Sporty Thievz as well as an artist representing the Ruff Ryders.
âI wasn’t a fan of hip hop growing up, but I did come to appreciate hip hop after DMX passed away earlier this year,â Kimball said. âFirst I realized he was about my age. Then I realized he grew up in MHACY housing. Finally I realized his music was coming from a dark place. , real and honest. I might not have had the same difficult childhood in one place, but I understood what he was going through because his words are so compelling. ”
Mayor Mike Spano said the competition would not only help showcase new artists, but spotlight Yonkers as a city that has gone through an incredible transformation, especially when it comes to the quality of its affordable and public housing.
âWe have incredible talent and creative energy here in the town of Yonkers,â said Spano. âThis competition will not only help young artists, but it’s a great way to shine a light on the good things that are happening here in our city.
MHACY asks artists to send their videos to [email protected] by November 30 for evaluation. The first place winner will receive a $ 500 gift card from MHACY and Def Jam and be featured on the DMX social media feed. The finalists will receive a prize of $ 100.
Winners will also be able to perform their work at a live event on December 18 at School Street Gymnasium with surprise guest performers.