Students rapped, rhymed, stomped and sang on the Little Theater stage for the Hip-Hop Showcase on Oct. 29.
There’s always a Talent Showcase, but as of last year there has also been a Hip-hop Showcase. The thing that sets these two apart is that the Hip-hop Showcase is all hip-hop and R&B, and the performance was in the Little Theater.
“The hip-hop club had rappers that needed to show off their work,” drama teacher Todd Schaefer said about why the Hip-hop Showcase was started.
Schaefer also said 45-50 people attended the Showcase, with the ticket price being $2. The money earned by the showcase goes to into the SAA budget to pay for the plays it does and the SAA Senior Scholarship at the end of the year.
The Hip-Hop Showcase roster included senior rappers Marquis Houston, Wes Ragland and Jalen Miles, sophomore rapper Che D’Skew, and junior rapper Dorian Palmer. Singers’ sophomore Lamaya McBride performed Sam Smith’s “Latch (Acoustic),” and Octavia Swapshire, junior, also sang. The step team performed as well.
Senior Jalen Miles preformed his original rap “Dream.” Miles just transferred to WGHS this school year.
“I found out about hip-hop club and was excited to see there was people that had the same passion that I had and could collaborate with and that was willing to work hard,” Miles said.
Miles added the thing he enjoyed the most was getting on stage to rap, and hearing the applause at the end. He also enjoyed watching the others preform.
“It was great to see them performer because I knew they worked hard for it,” Miles said.
In addition, the Hip-Hop Showcase included one of the most prominent performances in hip-hop: the cypher. The cypher is when a group of rappers stand in a circle, and they pass the mic around rapping. Miles commented towards the end they had a lot of fun with it.