We Are Hip Hop Festival

9th Annual We Are Hip Hop Festival

via the We Are Hip Hop Festival from ElevArte Community Studio

Lili K.


Lili K.

Lili K is the 23 year old songstress whose name is quickly popping up in the music world.  Her smooth and sultry sound is countered well by her quirky and energetic performances with her live band.

She’s the voice you hear in your favorite Chicago hip-hop artists’ music (cue Acid Rap and Innanetape), but she has also created an original jazzy, soulful, hip hop sound that is all her own.  With inspirations from Ella Fitzgerald to Erykah Badu to Sharon Jones, Lili’s love and respect for music is heard loud and clear.  The melodic keys, hard hitting drums, guitar licks, and soulful bass of her band are the driving force begind her very musical and fun live shows.

Lili K has performed at SXSW, Lollapalooza, Pitchfork, Summerfest, and CMJ, and has shared stages with Musiq Soulchild, Dwele, BJ The Chicago Kid, Chance the Rapper, and Vic Mensa.  She was listed in ‘Best of 2013′ lists on Rolling Stone, NPR, and Complex for her feature work with Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa.

In July of 2011, Lili released her first project, a four song EP entitled ‘A Prelude to Hello,’ with composer Peter Cottontale.  She has worked with Thelonious Martin, MC Tree, Vic Mensa, and Chance The Rapper.  In October of 2012, Lili and Peter Cottontale released their second project ‘Metal Petals.’ Lili K. released her third EP ‘My Favorite Things’ on July 1, 2013.

Lili is currently working with her band on her self-produced debut album.  She’s a fresh face to the game with a modernly vintage sound;  there is much more to come from this young vocalist.

Rhymes: Ella Fitzgerald “Oh, Lady, Be Good,” The Spinners “It’s a Shame,” and India.Arie “Get It Together”



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Dr. Raphael Travis, Jr.


Dr. Raphael Travis, Jr.

Dr. Raphael Travis Jr., LCSW, is an Associate Professor at Texas State University – San Marcos School of Social Work.  He holds degrees from University of Virginia, University of Michigan, and University of California at Los Angeles.

Rhymes: Boogie Down Productions “My Philosophy,” Public Enemy “Can’t Truss It,” and Talib Kweli ft. Jean Grae “Black Girl Pain”


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More Info on Dr. Travis:

Dr. Travis’ Interview with inSocialWork Podcast


A Profile via the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Dr. Travis’ Faculty Profile

Songs from this Interview:

DJ Hoodwink “Tired of Ducking U x Your Triumph”

 Talib Kweli “New Leaders”

Chance the Rapper “Dear Chicago Summer”

Hotel de Ville (Kanye West)

Hotel de Ville (Kanye West)

MC Melodee

MC Melodee

MC Melodee

MC Melodee has been active in the music industry for over 15 years. Next to being writer, performer and leader of her band La Melodia with whom she performed all over the globe, she leads a Peer Education Project and is director of a platform for female hiphop artists “Dam Dutchess” in her home base Amsterdam.

Rhymes: Slum Village “The Look of Love,” Madlib “Yo Yo Affair,” and Minnie Riperton “Inside My Love”


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Dam Dutchess

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Jamilah King


Jamilah King

 Jamilah King is a writer based in New York City. Currently a senior editor at Colorlines, her writing focuses mostly on media, race, and culture. Her work has appeared on Salon, MSNBC, the American Prospect, Al Jazeera, The Advocate, and in the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She’s also a music junkie and an unabashed Bay Area sports fan.

Rhymes: JT The Bigga Figga “Game Recognize Game,” Talib Kweli “Get By,” and Louis Logic “Dos Factotum”


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