"Everyone Should Be Eating" -- San Jose Hip Hop Community Comes Together to Build the Movement

Artists, producers, and other contributors to the San Jose hip hop scene gathered to discuss their future as a movement.

Hip Hop Town Hall Meeting [San Jose, CA] from DE BUG on Vimeo.


Rid yourself of hatred, be happy for the next man’s success. Gain a knowledge of self, know who you are and enjoy your own company. Be aware that when you do for yourself, you are also doing for others. There are more than enough resources in our community for anyone to be left out, everyone should be eating.

These are the words of wisdom that were communicated at a recent gathering to discuss San Jose's Hip Hop past and future. It's ironic how closely related the basic laws of nature are to the laws of a strong Hip Hop community. The night of Sunday February 13th brought a densely represented Hip Hop community together at Alma Community Center in San Jose. DJ Vex One was spinning and opening up the night was Tim House, Jerry da Hermit, Nima Fadavi, & Kung Fu Vampire. A crowd full of veteran DJ’s, Mc’s, poets, writers, & organizers attended. They were there not to listen to rappers spit 16’s over fat breaks, but in hopes to ground themselves with the community.

Tim House, who can be thanked for bringing some of the most influential artists in the game to bless fans from Berkeley to Santa Cruz; was on the panel and openly expressed steps he took to get to his position. Jerry da Hermit has toured the world as the DJ for the rock band Insolence. He made sure everyone was aware of the negative energy that comes from hating or adopting envy. Nima Fadavi is a dynamic producer who has been transmitting his waves all throughout the northern and central Californian waters. Through his presentation, he painted pictures of the strive it takes to “make it” in this industry. Kung Fu Vampire has created a dynasty in his own right, and has a giant fan base throughout the states. He made it a point that every individual must  know themselves.

Following the panel discussion the event formed into an open forum to give the audience a chance to express themselves. Many heads in the crowd were sitting on 10 plus years of work and building within this tight south bay Hip Hop community. Some time during the open mic period the room gained a sort of life giving energy to itself. Just to reflect back inspires me. I have been a student of Hip Hop in the Zae for almost 5 years now and was honored to be showered with such knowledge and wisdom. My understanding of our scene has been consolidated. We as a community have been hungry for some time now, and we are blessed to see the ones who have been eating share there routes to the pot.

Peace to San Jose Hip Hop. -- Malcolm Lee

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Fernando J. Perez is a video journalist and a digital media instructor at Silicon Valley De-Bug.  

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