Big congratulations are in order for our community partners at Ether Nashville for the success of the 2023 Citywide Cypher tournament, which concluded with the Citywide Cypher Finals on Sept. 24 at The Pyramid Nashville.
The tournament — held at select locations throughout Middle Tennessee — was a summer-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of hip hop. Preliminary rounds were held throughout July and August, with eight finalists (plus a special round of Nashville hip hop legends) invited to compete for top honors at The Pyramid.
Murfreesboro-based rapper Izzy Rage took home top male emcee honors, while Nashville’s own Yonna Jones was named top female emcee. Throughout the evening, members of the Greater Nashville hip hop community presented the true artistry, sonic diversity, and cultural impact of the hip hop genre, while supporting Ether’s “Heal Hop” movement and overall mission to “empower leaders of the hip hop community with the tools they need to consistently deliver transformative work.”
Check out a few photos from the event below. Congrats to the Ether team on making an impact!
Nashville’s growing hip hop community will soon have another chance to shine, courtesy of Live from the 615.
A coalition of influential music communities will join forces to celebrate Music City’s rich hip hop culture, with a live stream powered by Live from the 615.
Best of Nashville Hip Hop will stream to Facebook Live on Friday, April 30 at 6:15 p.m. CT. This unique broadcast will feature performances from 11 of Nashville’s most notable hip hop artists, including Byron Juane, Nate Rose, Daisha McBride, Chuck Indigo, Jordan XX, $hrames, 2’Live Bre, TriplePlay Squeek, S-Wrap, and Lord Goldie, plus a special guest performance from Derek Minor, who will perform emcee duties during the event. Each of these artists will be supported by live instrumentation from Muja.
The event will broadcast live from Helping Our Music Evolve in East Nashville, with additional support from sponsors Guidance Whiskey and Sound Royalties, as well as community partners including Underground Music Collective, Nashville Is Not Just Country Music, Reflection Music Group, Third Eye & Co., 2 Ls On A Cloud, and Do615. Admission is free, and you can learn more and RSVP at this link.