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88Nine Labs present a screening of 'Hype' a series about hip-hop and startups
June 12 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
"Much of a new rap artist or startup's success is due to the hype surrounding it, and thematically, this is what the show is about; how we maneuver our personal perceptions and realities." - WRAL Tech Wire
Following the screening, we will have a discussion with the director and one of the series stars, Leroy Shingu Charlotte-born rapper Well$ who plays the character, Rakim Wilde. We will discuss topics like what hip hop artists can learn from startups and vice versa; collaborations between artists and startups and Milwaukee and Durham hip hop and startup scenes.
88Nine Labs is proud to present a screening of the web series “Hype” on June 12 at 5:30 pm.
Directed by Holland Gallagher and executive produced by Phonte Coleman (Little Brother, The Foreign Exchange), Hype is a web series drama centering on a young man, Smiles, who is trying to buy the house back for his adolescent love, forced to move away by rising rent costs. When tech entrepreneur Ava English presents him an opportunity to fast-track the process, he agrees, getting mixed into the independent rap and startup worlds of Durham, NC along the way.