Hip-hop transcends all barriers, and the Student Hip-Hop Organization (SHHO) wants to make that clear to the student body as it focuses on the creation and appreciation of hip-hop.
Many of its members make music themselves, which gives them the opportunity to collaborate and work together, but the organization — formed last year — is by no means limited to rappers and producers. They have graphic design roles for those interested in art and budget positions for business-minded members, while many simply enjoy listening to the music and discussing its effect on our culture.
Every other week, the club has a general body meeting to discuss recent music or talk about the state of hip-hop, member Donald Cayton said.
To give an idea of what they talk about, last week the group got together and asked this question: Should rappers be held accountable for their lyrics?
“They rap about drugs and sex and violence," said Nicho Stevens, an executive member. "Are they responsible for the effect it has on kids, or is it just free speech?”