Hart House Hip Hop Education in partnership with Career Exploration & Education at U of T brings you two days of Hip Hop inspired story-telling, conversation, networking and knowledge exchange.


Humanz of Hip Hop is specially curated to bring to light the relationship between Hip Hop and the world we live in. This is your opportunity to hear the personal and professional stories of Hip Hop artists, practitioners, scholars and more as they highlight how Hip Hop has been a powerful tool in their personal lives, careers, and communities.

What you can expect at Humanz of Hip Hop:

  • Break down stereotypes and misconceptions around Hip Hop and the identities of Hip Hop
  • Challenge assumptions about what Hip Hop is really about
  • Highlight Hip Hop as a medium for social change and activism
  • Shed light on careers and professional work in the Hip Hop arena
  • Show truth that Hip Hop and identity are complex, intersectional and transcendent
  • We are pleased to present this year's event virtually, but be sure to view the video from our 2019 event to get a real feel for what to expect.

Day 1: Voices of Revolution—Hip Hop has always been the space to speak truth to power, express yourself and stand up for social injustices. On this day we engage in a series of moderated discussions with special guest speakers and moderators from the Hip Hop Community to learn what shapes their unique identity and relationship to hip hop and how it translates in the work they do. The sessions included in this day are open to all communities, all over the world.

Day 2: Career StoriesIn partnership with Career Exploration & Education, we are Calling all U of T Students and recent Grads. On this day we learn how to sync your passion for Hip Hop to your future career in an afternoon of conversations and 1 on 1 networking with industry professionals. This day's sessions are specially designed for members of the U of T Community: students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Note: Be sure to register for each day separately and feel free to join for all sessions or simply the ones which interest you most.

Please note once you register for Day 1 you can choose which sessions to go to – Drop in to one session or all three!!!

U of T hip-hop conference highlights virtual storytelling, activism.

Canada's National Observer, Read the article.

Humanz of Hip Hop was a wonderful opportunity to learn about career building, not only in the hip-hop world, but in general. The questions and answers were applicable to any field of study and were able to penetrate any sort of divide between the world of hip hop and other ‘normal’ jobs, such as running a business, working at the bank, or retail.

The Varsity, Read the article


1:00–1:30 pm

Welcome and Keynote

Keynote address and spoken word performance by Randell Adjei titled The Seeds of Opportunity in Adversity

"Adversity does not discriminate. It does not care about your class, race, titles nor ethical practices. At some point we have and we will continue to experience hardship. It's not how hard you get knocked down but how you stand back up and what you learn. In every adversity we face, there are seeds of opportunity to help us build character, gain wisdom and evolve. This keynote will help us unearth the seeds of opportunity in our adversities."

1:30–2:30 pm

Session One: Hip Hop First — Locating Identity Within Complex Intersectional (Her)stories

2:30–3:30 pm

Session Two: Chasing Samples, Chasing Histories

  • Moderator: DJ Craig Brooklyn
  • Special Guest: DJ Lynnée Denise, Black Music Scholar
  • Human Book Title: Chasing Samples, Chasing Histories
  • Soundtrack of my story: Rock Steady by Aretha Franklin
3:30–4:30 pm

Session Three: A work in progress ...

  • Moderator: Dr. Francesca D'Amico-Cuthbert
  • Special Guest: Ty Harper, Producer (Radio/TV), CBC — This is Not a Drake Podcast
  • Human Book Title: A work in progress ...
  • Soundtrack of my story: Learn 2 Earn by Mathematik

Special Guests

1:00–3:30 pm

Career Stories

  • Nadine Brown — Sneaker Industry Expert
  • Michael Prosserman (Piecez) — Author, Founder, Bboy
  • Del Cowie — Music Journalist, Writer, Editor, Producer
Video Archive

Special Guests

More about Hart House Hip Hop Education

Hart House Hip Hop Education supports our values of representation, collaboration and social justice to explore and provide platforms for key principles of hip hop and its importance in our everyday culture on all three campuses. Recognizing hip hop as a powerful global influencer, Hart House seeks to create unique opportunities for students and community to engage hip hop education and artistic expression.


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  • Date: Wed, Nov 4, 2020
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  • Time & Duration: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm (EST) (4h)
  • Cost:
    • FREE

  • Venue: Online
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