Nov 022015

The 6th annual Madison Hip-Hop Awards is this Saturday at the Barrymore Theatre, red carpet at 7pm, show at 8pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. Come see your favorite local artists get honored for their work! Press release and flyer below.

A portion of the proceeds this year will benefit the East Madison Community Center Madison Breakers program! Check out the video below for more info on the great work they do!



Event Will Feature Live Performances, Awards Ceremony with Proceeds Benefiting Local Charity

MADISON, WI – [Oct. 29, 2015] – The Urban Community Arts Network (UCAN), with support from Madison Media Institute, will present the sixth annual Madison Hip-Hop Awards (MHHA) show at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Barrymore Theatre, 2090 Atwood Ave. UCAN is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering and sustaining the local Hip-Hop scene through education and live music events in the community.

With over a dozen award categories, exclusive rap “cyphers” from Madison-based lyricists, and live performances by 2015 award recipients, the MHHA event will build on its traditions while ushering in a new generation of award recipients.  Performers include Amy Alida, Trilogy, EMCC Breakers, K.I.N.G. Kronos, and Play Fair Cypher.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the East Madison Community Center’s breakdance program.

“Madison has many extremely talented artists and MHHA gives them a chance to shine locally. Recognition such as this gives artists an edge when competing to enter regional and national music scenes,” says Karen Reece, UCAN president. “Consistency is something Madison Hip-Hop hasn’t seen, so celebrating our sixth year is important,” says UCAN founding member DJ Pain 1. Though Madison’s urban music community is both strong and accomplished, few opportunities are locally available, making the MHHA all the more vital for professional development and sustainability.

Hundreds of fans have cast votes in this year’s virtual ballot box by visiting the MHHA website at Some award categories include: Artist of the Year, Group, Producer, and Studio Engineer as well as awards for Best Videographer, Radio Personality, Album and Mixtape, among others. Each year, votes are independently counted and verified by Broadjam, a Madison-based music services company.

Tickets are currently available for $10 in advance and on the night of the event at the Barrymore box office. Donations for the event can also be made at the MHHA website.




Jun 232015

For the Love of Hip-Hop
Summer Concert Series returns downtown plus lunchtime workshops at “Top of State”

MADISON, Wis. (June 19, 2015) Learn about hip-hop culture from industry professionals, and groove to the beat of rappers, dancers and singers with the Urban Arts Community Network (UCAN) Summer Concert Series in downtown Madison.  All events are all ages, and celebrate positive urban arts, creativity and collaboration.

For the Love of Hip-Hop Summer Concert Series

30 on the Square, 30 W. Mifflin St. (outdoor stage at corner of State St., N. Carroll St. & W. Mifflin St.)
Presented by the Urban Arts Community Network (UCAN).
Rappers, dancers, singers and more. All shows are all ages.

  • Saturday, June 27, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 5, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

More dates to be announced!  See or call (608) 561-UCAN for information.

“Learn at Lunch” Workshops

Presented in partnership with the “Top of State” summer program series.  See for details, or call (608) 512-1342.  (May be cancelled or rescheduled in the event of rain.)

Learn at Lunch: Hip-Hop History
Wednesday, July 1, noon-1:00 pm

Philosopher’s Grove (100 W. Mifflin St.)

ShaH Evans describes the elements of Hip-Hop over the past few decades, taking you from old school to new. DJ Pain 1 spins all the hits on this walk through time.

Learn at Lunch: Beat that!
Wednesday, July 15, noon-1:00 pm

Philosopher’s Grove (100 W. Mifflin St.)

Have you ever wondered who makes the music in rap songs? DJ Pain 1 will walk you through the steps of beat production. Attend this workshop and give feedback to help him produce another hit!

About the Presenters:

ShaH eats, sleeps and breathes Hip-Hop, and has been booking local and national acts for years. He is the owner of music blog, Get Your Buzz and ME Management and Consulting. ShaH also speaks about positive life choices with youth and young adults in Madison and surrounding areas.

DJ Pain 1 is a platinum-certified professional Hip-Hop producer, DJ, and certified secondary educator, who has produced records for artists such as Ludacris, Public Enemy, The Game, and Jadakiss. DJ Pain 1 recently completed the Teaching Artist Training program through Overture Center for the Arts in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

 The Urban Arts Community Network (UCAN) works to empower and unify youth and adults through urban arts, specifically Hip-Hop, by creating live music events in the community, promoting professional growth, and building sustainable and safe performance opportunities for all local Hip-Hop artists.

 The BID “Top of State” summer programming series feature an eclectic mix of music, arts and crafts, children’s activities, and pop-up or drop-in events, June through September, where State Street meets the Square, in Philosophers’ Grove (100 W. Mifflin St.) and 30 on the Square (100 N. Carroll St.).   Find more information and a schedule at or call (608) 512-1342.  The Top of State summer programs are presented by Madison’s Central BID in partnership with the City of Madison, Madison Parks Foundation and Isthmus.


Media Contacts:

Karen Reece, PhD
President, Urban Community Arts Network, Ltd.

Mary Carbine, Madison Central BID (Top of State)
(608) 512-1340

Apr 092015


Producer vs. producer

See producers go head-to-head, beat-for-beat

Producers and fans of great Hip-Hop beats:  The Urban Community Arts Network invites you to an evening of hard-hitting tracks, networking and a professional development panel from industry experts.  This year’s celebrity guest judge and speaker is D-Teck, the director of A&R of Akon’s Konvict Music label.

  • From 4-5PM, discuss production and music business with our judges D-Teck (Konvict A&R), DJ Pain 1 (Platinum producer) and Godxilla (Engineer, producer, professor).
  • From 5-9PM, watch producers battle for $200 cash and prizes from Icon.

Location of battle: South Madison Center for Culture and Community, 633 West Badger Road Madison, WI.  $5 for general admission and $25 to battle (pre-register below or pay at door).

This is an all-ages event.  Producers are encouraged to pre-register to secure a spot in the battle.  Any businesses or individual interested in sponsoring this event may reply for details.

Click here to pre-register!

Format and rules

  • Free elimination round: One 60 second beat
  • Round 1: One 60 second beat
  • Round 2: One 60 second beat
  • Round 3: One 60 second beat
  • Final Round: Two 60 second beats

Producers will only pay $25 entry fee if they pass the elimination round.
Producers must have a separate beat for each round.
Please come prepared with your beats ready to play on either a CD or flash
drive. No exceptions.

Click here to pre-register!

Click here to view this event on Facebook!

Jan 062015
Independent artist opens opportunity for local indie artists on the move.
I Am Who I Am Music & M.Y.O.B. Ent, announce the official “2015 Buggin Out tour” at The Red Zone in Madison, WI Jan 10, 2015 with Junebug Abeyta. The tour started Dec 5th, 2014 in Detroit, Mi and has moved its way to Wisconsin’s capitol on Regent st. The sole purpose of the tour is for the release of Junebug’s new single “Get Money” on his upcoming album “Buggin Out”.
“Get Money” has gained notoriety and attention with charting the top 50 Urban and top 50 Independent national charts through Music Registry and has become one of the most requested songs on college/satellite radio. “Get Money” has also aired in Madison, WI on 91.7 FM WSUM college radio along with other new tracks. Get Money is available on iTunes, Spotify or any online music site. You can also find Junebug’s mixtape, “A Hustlaz Testimony,” on or .
The 2015 Buggin Out tour has created a platform for independent artists to get there craft heard in other cities through out the nation instead of just at your local open mics. Junebug is traveling the Midwest region until the spring, then moving the tour to the east coast toward New England.
As a fan of Hip-Hop or a local artist, you will not want to miss the Madison WI show. Come out and network with professional local and out of town artists, or just come out and have a great time.
For more info contact Junebug Abeyta at I Am Who I Am Music,
Facebook- Junebug Abeyta
Twitter- @abeyta219
Youtube – Junebug Abeyta
Nov 092014

Thanks to everyone who came out tonight to support local Hip-Hop! The show was a blast as usual. Congrats to all the winners!

Male Artist of the Year

K.I.N.G. Kronos


Female Artist of the Year

Amy Alida

Group of the Year (it’s a tie!)

Play Fair Cypher


R&B Artist of the Year

Amy Alida

Rookie of the Year


Producer of the Year

DJ Pain 1

Sound Engineer of the Year


DJ of the Year 

Song of the Year
A Dead End Called Merry St. – K.I.N.G. Kronos

Video of the Year

Living on Dreams – Chris LaBella
Album of the Year
On My Way – David Yang
Mixtape of the Year
Badger Pride, Wisco Love
–Collab of the Year
Effective Delegation – 9 Delegates [Jesse Lester, Berk Steezo, Cory Park, K.I.N.G Kronos)

Videographer of the Year 

Niko Carter (Clique Films)
Photographer of the Year 
Chris LaBella
Promoter of the Year
Zent Events


Hip-Hop Dancers of the Year

Styles Defined Crew of Fr3sh Trilogy


Radio Personality of the Year  

DJ Big Juice


Fan of the Year  


Nov 052014



The 5th annual Madison Hip-Hop Awards is THIS SATURDAY at the Barrymore Theater at 8pm.  Come at 7pm and get your shine on the red carpet! You won’t want to miss this show. Tickets are $10 at the door or you can buy them in advance at the Barrymore or online by clicking the flyer below.MHHA Flyer

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