May 16 2019 — May 19 2019
YBCA is excited to present the return of UnderCover with A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders – one of the most influential hip-hop albums of all time.

Bridging the gap between hip-hop and jazz, Midnight Marauders continues to attract new listeners even as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. UnderCover honors the album with a genre-bending tribute show featuring thirteen Bay Area bands and music producer Starita. Starita’s collaborators include Phife Dawg and A Tribe Called Quest.

Reflecting the spirit of Midnight Marauders, the show incorporates elements from all four pillars of hip-hop: DJing, MCing, writing (graffiti), and B-Boying (breakdancing), along with the minimalism and free-form nature of jazz instrumentation.

The political issues the group faced at the time of the album’s release, including institutional racism and classism, continue to persist today. Through this tribute, UnderCover invites the audience to think about the ways that hip-hop can break down barriers to foster equality and unity.

Celebrate the legacy of Midnight Marauders, support local music groups, and get down.

Doors open at 7:30PM
Show begins at 8:30PM

1. Midnight Marauders Tour Guide – Special Guest TBA
2. Steve Biko (Stir It Up) – Awesöme Orchestra Collective ft. RyanNicole (Orchestral)
3. Award Tour – LA GENTE SF + Awesöme Orchestra Collective (World Music/Cumbia/Reggaeton)
4. 8 Million Stories – Gina Madrid (Latin/Hip Hop)
5. Sucka N*gga – MJ’s Brass Boppers ft. Rayana Jay (New Orleans Jazz/R&B/Soul)
6. Midnight – Wolf & Crow (Indie Folk)
7. We Can Get Down – Royal Jelly Jive (Rock/Soul)
8. Electric Relaxation – Wil Blades ft. MC All Stars (Funk)
9. Clap Your Hands – Ghost & The City ft. RyanNicole (Future Soul)
10. Oh My God – Skip The Needle (Alternative Rock/Funk)
11. Keep It Rollin – Terrence Brewer feat. Gift of Gab & DanDMic (Jazz)
12. The Chase, Part II – Starita feat. Aima the Dreamer (Electronic/Dance)
13. Lyrics to Go – Rav-E Sandhu feat. Lateef & Gift of Gab (Bhangra)
14. God Lives Through – Lagos Roots (Afrobeat)

To commemorate this tribute, UnderCover will be releasing a double vinyl for the first time. This is an all-ages event.

Women’s Empowerment Summit 2019


Hip Hop For Change presents
The 3rd Annual Women’s Empowerment Summit
plus many more
Hip Hop For Change presents it’s 3rd Annual Women’s Empowerment Summit at The Uptown in Oakland. The event will feature a conversation with panel of powerhouse women sharing their personal journeys and engaging in a diverse range of issues. The panel will be hosted by Sterling James (KBLX). The after party will showcase local artists like Ryan Nicole and Rocky Rivera, and an All-Star DJ lineup.
Panelists to be announced…
@ The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
7pm-2am | $20 | 21+
Sponsored by Akonadi Foundation

Youth Speaks Presents MC Olympics Finals 2018

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The Pharcyde, RyanNicole, Shy’An G, Khafre Jay Hosted By UnLearn The World in Oakland

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FRI, May 18th, 2018
Hip Hop for Change in association with True Skool Presents
The Cannabis Equity Summit
A Community Event to Help Right The Wrongs of the “War on Drugs”

Featuring a panel hosted by Nina Parks with distinguished thought leaders in the cannabis industry including Brother J (X-Clan) and more!

The Pharcyde
Shy’An G
Khafre Jay

On the wheels of steel:
Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist
Deejay Saurus

Hosted by UnLearn The World

Learn About:
– SF & Oakland Cannabis Equity Programs
– How to Start a Cannabis Business
– Record Expungement

The New Parish
Oakland, CA
$20 Early Bird/$25 GA/$30 Door / Age 21 And Up
Sponsored by Nug

Hurricane Harvey Benefit Concert featuring Mistah F.A.B., Too Short, and D’Wayne Wiggins in partnership with Desley Brooks and Oscar Edwards plus many more!

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Sep 06, 2017 6:00 PM
Hurricane Harvey Benefit Concert

Mistah F.A.B., Too Short, and  D’Wayne Wiggins in partnership with Desley Brooks and Oscar Edwards along with artists:

Kev Choice, Jennifer Johns, Ryan Nicole, Davey D and others, are hosting an evening of music to benefit the survivors of Hurricane Harvey.

Benefit for Houston’s Unity Tribe Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. This organization helps people on the ground.

Our hearts go out to our brothers and sisters in Houston. We’re asking all our friends to help and donate.


The Complex
420 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Jennifer Johns, Ryan Nicole, Viveca Hawkins @ The New Parish

Jennifer Johns
RyanNicole, Viveca Hawkins

Thursday, Mar 02, 2017 9:00 PM PST (8:00 PM Doors)
The New Parish, Oakland, CA
18 years and over


The Ski Mask Way Tour

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Saturday, Feb 4, 2017
The Ski Mask Way Tour

With rising success of their recent single Ski Mask Way, ( https://soundcloud.com/lyric-jones/ski-mask-way-lyric-jones-x-rah-digga-cuts-by-dj-eclipse-prod-backpack-beatz )

Rah Digga & Lyric Jones team up to bring us a mini tour in true queen, emcee fashion. Over the past 15 years, Rah Digga has grown to become an undeniable legend stemming back to her days with the Outsidaz to her hits & affiliation with Flipmode Squad, and even on the movie screen; most notably from Carmen: A Hip Hopera.

As for Lyric Jones, most can attest to her being on her own legendary fast track. The emcee, vocalist, drummer has shared stages and worked with Planet Asia, Ras Kass, Esperanza Spalding and even hip hop’s fallen angel, Phife Dawg of ATCQ; just to name a few. Digga & Jones’ latest collaboration has the streets, DJs and airways hungry for more, thus brings the 2016 Ski Mask Tour titled after their smash song.

The Night Light | 311 Broadway (at 4th St) | Oakland, CA 94607