Hip Hop Lab

Hip Hop Lab

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

There's a new education program on the block! This spring, O-pa is launching Hip Hop Lab - a hip-hop education program designed to further the 50-year conversation surrounding the impact, performance, history, and culture of Hip Hop. With Industry Music Director Daniel Jones, serving as Artistic Advisor, HHL will draw in audiences with performances, TED Talk-style conversations, classes, summer camps & more!

Upcoming Events

Friday, March 24 @ 7pm
Dance Battle Royale: Preliminaries in partnership with BeAmbi & Company  
BeAmbi & Co Creative Studios - 5801 W 90th St. 

3 Levels. 3 Rounds. 3 Winners. Local dancers are invited to battle 1 on 1 for the top spot of Dance Battle Royale Champion. This is an all-styles hip-hop dance battle. Dancers must be 12 and Up 


Dance Battle Royale



Friday, April 14 @ 7pm
Dance Battle Royale: Semi-Finals in partnership with BeAmbi & Company
BeAmbi & Co Creative Studios- 5801 N 90th St.

Semi-Finalists will compete for the top finalist spots in the Championship that will take place at Steelhouse on May 19th. Registration is closed 


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Friday, May 19 @ 7pm
Hip Hop Lab Official Launch
Steelhouse Omaha

7 pm - Culture Talk - 50 years of Rhymes, Records, & Royalty
Moderator: Artistic Advisor D. Jones
Speakers: Da Beatminerz, Hi-Tek, D. Prosper, M1, and DJ Crabrangucci

8 pm- Dance Battle Royale Championships in partnership with BeAmbi & Company
The Top 2 dancers in each division will battle for the title of Battle Royale Champion. Dancers will battle to 90s Hip Hop Music by DJs Da Beatminerz.


Hip Hop

About the Speakers

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    Da Beatminerz are a hip-hop duo from Bushwick, Brooklyn, and are known for their dark, gritty sound that is very popular with the underground hip-hop scene.  The duo is composed of brothers Mr. Walt and DJ Evil Dee, formed in 1992, making their production debut with Evil Dee's group Black Moon, on its debut single, "Who Got Da Props?" In the late 1990s, da Beatminerz expanded its client list, producing popular hip hop artists such as Afu-Ra, Black Star, Eminem, Flipmode Squad, M.O.P., De La Soul, Mic Geronimo, and O.C.  In 1996, they appeared on the Red Hot Organization's compilation CD, America is Dying Slowly, alongside Biz Markie, Wu-Tang Clan, and Fat Joe. The CD, meant to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic among African American men, was heralded as "a masterpiece" by The Source magazine. Currently, Da Beatminerz are running their own internet radio station. They are currently set to produce the entirety of Black Moon's next LP, 'Dark Side Of The Moon'.

    Hi – Tek - Tony Cottrell, better known as Hi-Tek, is an American rapper and record producer from Cincinnati, Ohio. He is best known for his work with Talib Kweli.

    D. Prosper  a poet, Derick was responsible for hiring music producers and engineers for Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Xzibit, and many more.

    M1 is an American rapper, songwriter, and activist from Brooklyn, New York. He is best known for his work as one half of the hip hop duo dead prez with stic.man.

    DJ Crabrangucci aka Chalis Bristol is an Omaha DJ and Omaha Entertainment Award Winner. 


Hear from Artistic Advisor, Daniel Jones, on what Hip Hop Lab will bring to the community:



More information to come - check back soon!

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