If you aren’t familiar with #12For12 in any way, shape or form, start here. If you have some kind of idea but you aren’t totally sure what it’s all about… that’s okay. That’s how it’s supposed to be – for now.
In short, #12For12 is a positive hip-hop movement based in the city of Boston aimed at promoting unity and solidarity amongst up-and-coming hip-hop artists in the city and providing a platform for them to showcase their music for the rest of the country and beyond.
The #12For12 movement is centered on 12 artists* (see below), but the vision goes far beyond any limited number because there’s no limit to the amount of talent in the city. Myself (The Fresh Heir) and another local blog – The Collab Projekt – started the movement so that talented, creative individuals with minds geared toward innovation and evolution (that also happen to be hip-hop heads) could come together to make something special happen for Boston in 2012.
So far, all #12For12 is in the eyes of the general public is a couple of cyphers. That’s the goal. We want people to become familiar with some of these names that have popped up in the first two videos, so that way as we move forward with the project, the connection between the artists and viewers/listeners has already been established.
For this new cypher, which we’re calling the #12For12 Boston Backyard Acapella Cypher, we gathered a slew of artists, and with the help of the famous Green Street Vault truck, we set up a scene for a nighttime cypher. Dozens of young artists representing different groups and collectives turned out for the cause, and it ended up being a dope night full of great hip-hop vibes.
We ran through about an hour of a traditional cypher (more footage on the way) but chose to end the night with an acapella segment, which is now viewable in the video above – put together by Decriminals.
Enjoy, and stay tuned for much more. The #12For12 movement has only just begun. Boston’s time is now.
* The official #12For12 lineup: Alage, Avenue, Bigg Dee, Black EL, Caliph, Charmingly Ghetto, D-Note, Dutch ReBelle, Moe Pope, Natural, Reem and Soupa.