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Last Saturday night, people gathered into Morton Hall to see ten emcees show off their skills for a chance to open for the Sibs Weekend Concert’s main act, Big K.R.I.T.
The event, sponsored by the Black Student Cultural Programming Board, was the first of its kind but definitely won’t be the last. The “OU Battle of the MC’s” was a great event to showcase the Hip Hop scene in Athens.
Three individuals, including African American studies professor Dr. Akil Houston, judged the contest with help from the crowd’s participation.
After the first round, the contest was dwindled down to five acts, one of them being much closer to the grand prize and their chance to rock the stage in front of OU students and their Sibs.
After performing another song, the competition between the remaining five was dwindled down to two emcees; Teuro and Jéan P. The emcees battled in a two-round freestlye competition, rapping at each other for 30-second increments. After Jéan P made the crowd go wild with his last freestyle, the winner of OU’s first Battle of the MC’s was unanimous.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few years, chances are you’ve heard of Ohio University student and emcee, Jéan P. Jéan Pierre Johnson is a 21 year old Canton, Ohio native who’s currently studying creative writing. His major is a perfect fit for him, seeing as he has a way of making words flow together to create some of Athens best hip hop music.
And if you haven’t heard of Jéan P, you can check out his music on his website A Rhyme & A Dream.
“My music is universal. I try to make it relatable. I don’t make it for black or white, I make it for all people because music has no color,” Jéan P said about his music.
Now, Jéan P isn’t your regular college student. Despite juggling school full–time and his music career, he’s also a proud father to his son, Amir, who he made a touching song for. It’s truly amazing to see a person with so much going on in their life to be able to stay humble and carry themselves the way Jéan does.
“To say I’m going to rock the stage with artists I admire is one of the biggest honors. Actually, it’s more of a reward. It’s really dope,” he said.
You can see Jéan P rock the mic during the Sibs Weekend concert on Saturday, February 18th at 8 p.m. at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.
The lineup includes Ill Poetic, Stalley, who’s also a Canton, Ohio native signed to Rick Ross’ MMG record label, LxE for the Uncool, Dom Kennedy, and the headliner, Big K.R.I.T. Tickets are available HERE and are only $15 for OU students and $17 for non-Students.
So be sure to support Athens Hip Hop by coming to see one of OU’s own share the stage with some of the illest in the game.