But travel as he may, on Wednesday nights, Rowsey always ends up in one place.
Since last fall, Rowsey has helped put on a freestyle hip-hop cypher in the Pit every Wednesday at 9:15 p.m. Building on the momentum of the “Cypher Univercity” movement established at N.C. State, Rowsey — who goes by (J) Rowdy — volunteered to lead the charge in Chapel Hill so he could give students an outlet to freely express themselves through hip-hop.
“I think hip-hop is a universal medium that speaks to so many different people and so many different ideals because it can apply itself to almost any situation,” Rowsey said. “If you have a story, you’re a part of hip-hop.”
(J) Rowdy and Chapel Hill’s hip-hop tales are inextricably bound to each other. Before he brought the Cypher to the Pit, Rowsey and fellow emcees Cayso and JSWISS formed the No9to5 hip-hop collective during their tenures at UNC.