Emile YX? Nominated for a South African Hip Hop Award
Emile YX? from Heal The Hood Project & Black Noise has been nominated for an Honorary South African Hip Hop Award. Emile YX? was the founder of ‘Black Noise’ way back in 1988 and created one of the first Hip Hop magazines titled ‘Da Juice’ (some old copies of these are still laying around my house believe it or not).
His contribution to the world of Hip Hop in South Africa has been a thirty two year love affair that has ceased to dwindle over time but instead grown stronger and more passionate over the years. Emile YX? also created one of the longest running hip hop events titled ‘African Battle Cry’ and ‘African Hip Hop Indaba’ which have both existed since 1996 and 1997 respectively. His NPO known as the ‘Heal The Hood Project’ was founded in 1998, with it he managed to raise funds for one hundred and seventy three artists to travel and perform throughout the world. Impressively, Emile YX? was invited to speak about his work in Hip Hop at Harvard University, Stanford University, Trinity College, Duke University, UCT Confluences Dance Lectures, and Stockholm University. His musical career has seen him release six solo albums and twelve with Black Noise. His honorary South African Hip Hop Award nomination is one that makes absolute sense, considering his love for the culture of South African Hip Hop and his tireless effort in the positive promotion and life long celebration of it.
For his three decade long commitment to the cause of Hip Hop and the great effect it can have on communities, it would be great if Emile YX? would be the one to walk away with this prize on the night. This year he has been nominated for an Honorary Award at the South African Hip Hop Awards at The Lyric theatre at Gold Reef City, Johannesburg, on 17th December 2014.