24-Hour Rap Marathon Organizers Look to Raise Funds, Set World Record

logo_rapathon.gifThis Saturday (May 12) in Harlem over 100 rappers and poets will attempt to flow non-stop for a full 24-hour period. Conceived by Curtis Sherrod of the Global Artists Coalition, the event will serve to raise funds for Harlem’s Hip-Hop Culture Center, New York’s first permanent hip-hop exhibit and community center. According to the Associated Press, organizers are looking to raise $250,000, which would allow the Center to remain open on a daily basis. Currently, visitors must make an appointment before they stop by. The marathon is also an attempt at setting a world record for continuous rapping. Kool Herc, the original hip-hop DJ and the man widely credited with creating the art form, will kick off the session on Saturday night. Rappers will be paired up with partners and will be given 2-minute increments to rap. Should any one person mess up, their partner is expected to pick up where they left off. The show’s host and the crowd are also encouraged to jump in at any point. In light of recent controversy over negative messages and obscene and misogynistic lyrics, participants will be barred from using profanity in their rhymes. “There’s a feeling of fellowship and communal family spirit that’s generated when people are talking about positive things, about peace, about creativity,” said Sherrod. “It affects your mentality. Just in the same way if you heard [lyrics about] bang-bang shoot-shoot, for a couple of hours, you’d leave feeling a certain way. [The positive messages] have to affect you.” Tickets cost $100 and more information can be found on the GAC website, www.gacny.com or by calling 212 234-7171.

  • Danny

    This Saturday (May 12) in Harlem over 100 rappers and poets will attempt to flow non-stop for a full 24-hour period. Conceived by Curtis Sherrod of the Global Artists Coalition,

    ^^^^^
    Lol… Cam’ron should perform CUUURRRRTTTIIIISSSS!!!!

    Oh and regarding this fund raiser thing,

    You know someone will die, as much as I hate to say it… Rappers performing for 24 hours str8 = A whole mess of people dead….

    Ya dig??

  • J.R.O.

    Now, that’s what I’m talking about. That’s cool as hell.

  • deebo

    Danny speaks the truth!!

    If we can’t even have one 2 hour rap concert without a single shooting, imagine how many people will die from 24 hours straight. It’ll be a masacre by hour 20. Better bring your heat!!

  • http://wffrdf S on my Chest

    Cam should perform curtis? It’s called a rapathon and that would put it under serious scrutiny if that hoe joined in. The dick wouldn’t know what rap was if they threw BIG’s rhyme book at him. The only rapping that hoe does is for presents. Dipset = all beats and no rhyme skills.

  • IT IS I

    Spittin for 24 hours, that’s crazy! I wanna see that televised.

  • http://www.yahoo.com streets is watchin

    i couldn’t listen to me for 24 hours straight…and i love me some me, but the concept is righteous fa sho

  • LILMONEY

    This is a great idea, the rap community needs something like this to regenergize rap, but the one thing i loved about rap, is that rap discrimnated against no man. and yet and a time to celebrate rap for 24 strat hours you are going to tell people they can only use certain words while rapping. Rap was an expression, of men that were never, of a life never heard of and now they try to sensor it. Hip-hop is dead, rap used to be more then just music, although now its nothing more then just radio music. R.I.P hip-hop

  • Danny

    S on my Chest Says:

    May 11th, 2007 at 4:14 pm
    Cam should perform curtis? It’s called a rapathon and that would put it under serious scrutiny if that hoe joined in. The dick wouldn’t know what rap was if they threw BIG’s rhyme book at him. The only rapping that hoe does is for presents. Dipset = all beats and no rhyme skills.

    ^^^^
    Dam! did i touch a soft spot you hoe ass nigga?

    Are you gonna cry?

    You, you need a tissue?

    lmfao!! holy shit this dude needs to take cam’s dick out his mouth lol.

    I said he should perform Curtis because that dude that is doin it his name is curtis you dumb faggot…

    Ya dig?

  • woot woot

    cuuuuuuurrrrtiiiisssssssss

  • rain man

    Damn is this what NY rap has come too. I guess when yu ant getting play no where else why not use your time doing some b s. This is going to bring hip hop back alive hahahahahahaha. i wonder if the lip gloss girl and chicken noodle soup dude will rap too. damn thats super lame.

  • Real Talk

    That ain’t shit, I can go for 48 hours.