Last week the 4th anniversary celebration of the NC State Cypher
took place in Raleigh, NC. The NC State Cypher is North Carolina’s largest and longest running hip hop cypher. It is held every Monday night year round at The Freedom Expression Tunnel
on NC State’s campus. Each week emcees, poets, break dancers, graffiti artists, observers and more show up to demonstrate, participate in and support hip hop culture.
There was a lot of activity during last week’s event. Hundreds of people showed up. While out there, I constantly walked around to take in all the pockets of action and at one point came upon 9th Wonder talking to a captive audience. He was speaking with local emcees and sharing knowledge on what it takes to become a successful artist in the music industry. He also spoke about how to build a brand that would help one grow beyond North Carolina. I asked 9th Wonder if it would be OK to capture some footage and was intrigued.
Everyone is not going to like what you say or do, and 9th Wonder is no exception. For some reason, there are a good amount of artists and people who are engaged in hip hop in North Carolina that do not like him. Back in 2011, animosity towards 9th Wonder grew to the point where he penned a letter to the North Carolina hip hop scene [READ: 9th Wonder: "Crabs In A Barrel: The Downfall of NC Hip Hop"].
Regardless of how some people feel, the man is a success and has a lot of knowledge to share. I have observed 9th Wonder taking time to give tips to many types of people on different occasions beyond this particular night (without any cameras rolling). This takes energy and many of y’all other industry favorites probably wouldn’t even take the time to be bothered. At any rate, I always enjoy listening to what 9th Wonder has to say and last week is no exception.
Y’all can check out the highlights after the jump.
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The NC State Cypher: An Important Part of North Carolina Hip Hop Culture &History #NCStateCypher.