Hip Hop Lab
"The essence of hip hop is you can be who you are. That's the beauty of it."
—Daniel Jones, former Artistic Advisor 

In May of 2023, O-pa launched Hip Hop Lab to educate, elevate and amplify the 50-year legacy surrounding the global impact, performance, history, and culture of Hip Hop. Hip Hop Lab will draw in audiences with:

Performances: Through the Hip Hop Lab, O-pa will expand its performance offerings with more Hip Hop programming.

Culture Talks: TEDx Style conversations curated to educate audiences about hip hop history and culture.

Camps: Omaha area youth will get the opportunity to learn and practice the elements of hip hop - DJing, Emceeing, Dance, and Visual Art. Camps are for grades 6-12.

And more!   

Welcome Hip Hop Lab Artistic Advisor, D. Prosper !

The internationally-acclaimed music executive, event producer, and founder of the “Soul in the Horn” has produced, collaborated, and worked with Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, Mos Def, Lauryn Hill, Dead Prez, Tupac Shakur, Yasiin Bey, Rakim, Q-Tip, Anderson Paak, Common, and KING.

D. Prosper

Upcoming Events

July 23 - 25 | Hip Hop Lab Summer Camp
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Holland Center

Get ready for Hip Hop Lab Summer Camp! Bboy icon Ken Swift will be a guest teaching artist at Hip Hop Lab Summer Camp! Students in grades 6–12 can attend a dance master class with him, as well as explore hip hop history, dance, DJing, MCing, visual art, and writing with Omaha artists and industry professionals during this three-day camp at the Holland Center.

In honor of 50 years of hip hop, receive 50% off (for a total of $175). Discounted registrations are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If cost is a barrier, you can request a scholarship during the registration process.

*When you register for the Hip Hop Lab Summer Camp, you are signing up for the three day camp from July 23-25 for a total of $175. 


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dancer on stage in dance battle royale
Dancer and O-pa Community Engagement Manager Aaron Gregory at the Hip Hop Lab Dance Battle Royale


Daniel Jones with microphone 
In memory and honor of Daniel Jones,
former Artistic Advisor and driving force behind Hip Hop Lab