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JUiCE Hip-Hop Los Angeles

Apply Now for J.U.i.C.E.’s Summer Internship

J.U.i.C.E., in partnership with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, will be offering a paid internship opportunity this summer. Work with J.U.i.C.E. staff for 10 weeks as our Programs/Production Assistant. Get paid, gain valuable work experience and help out your favorite Hip-Hop organization all at the same time.

This internship is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.  122 undergraduate interns will participate in the program this year at 103 performing, presenting, and literary nonprofit arts organizations and municipal arts agencies throughout LA County.  In addition to their full-time 10 week paid internship, interns will participate in educational events as part of the program, which is funded by the Getty Foundation.  The educational events are designed to provide interns with a broader perspective of the vibrant arts and cultural landscape of the County.  For additional information on the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Arts Internship Program, and for a complete list of all the internships offered this summer, visit the Arts Commission website at

Our Summer 2014 Programs/Production Assistant will be assisting directly with J.U.i.C.E.’s preparation and production of our 6th Annual Hip-Hop Dance Festival as well as our regular Saturday programming at the MacArthur Park Rec Center. Click the link below to download a detailed job description.

JOB DESCRIPTION-LACAC Summer 2014 Internship

To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen and currently enrolled in college. To apply directly with J.U.i.C.E., please submit a cover letter and resume to “rampartjuice at gmail dot com”.

J.U.i.C.E. Hosts a Successful Fundraiser for the upcoming 6th Annual JHHDF

Held at the ultra-hip Angel City Brewery in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, J.U.i.C.E. hosted a successful fundraiser event to benefit the upcoming 6th Annual J.U.i.C.E. Hip-Hop Dance Festival (JHHDF). The JHHDF has established itself as the premier platform for Hip Hop dance-theater in Los Angeles, attracting only the best in Hip Hop dance and makes its grand return to the Ford Amphitheatre on Friday, August 22nd, 2014. In preparation and anticipation for our return to this historic venue, dozens came to Angel City Brewery on March 13th to show love, offer support and make contributions towards making our next showcase one of the best ones to date. 

Fundraiser at Angel City photo 01Special “Thank You”s go out to SANO and Alfie Numeric for curating the wonderful art exhibit and to Angel City Brewery for being such a gracious host. Also, can’t forget our one and only DJ Kenzo who provided great music that night. Memorable and incredible performances were provided by Boogie Frantic, Kujo and Dez Hope. And, last but not least, wonderful art was created by Aise, Alfie Numeric, Cre8, DEITY ART, Duce, Hahk, Lihai, Marcus Napuri, Mark 7, Phymies, Pose2, Susie Cue, SANO, Stephanie Takemoto, ThirdEyedea and Anthony Thomas.

Click here to check out the artwork! All pieces are currently for sale. For all interested parties, please contact Eric Nishimoto at “EricNishimoto” at Yahoo Dot Com.

Call For Work for the 6th Annual J.U.i.C.E. Hip-Hop Dance Festival

Hip-Hop Dance Festival
Deadline for submission: Wednesday April 30th, 2014

The J.U.i.C.E. Hip Hop Dance Festival is an annual showcase of cutting-edge street dance choreography and Hip-Hop culture produced by J.U.i.C.E. at the outdoor, 1,241-seat Ford Amphitheatre. It will take place on Friday, Aug. 22th, 2014.

JHHDF unites the rhythmic virtuosity and extreme physicality of street dance to “expand [Hip-Hop’s] creative horizons” (Lewis Segal, L.A. Times). Artistic Director Emiko Sugiyama brings LA’s freshest street dance choreographers to the stage to celebrate and to reinvent Hip-Hop culture.

JHHDF is looking for street dance-based choreography that captures the essence of the hip hop and pushes the boundaries of creativity. We highly encourage the submission of multi-media performances that overlap street dance with live music, visual art, poetry, and theatre. Proposals should address how the artist plans to creatively take advantage of the particular features of the unique, bi-level, outdoor Ford Amphitheatre stage. Pieces should be a completed work between 8 – 10 minutes long.

For a map of the Ford Amphitheatre stage go Click on the “Rent and Tech” menu, select “Tech info”, then click on Ford 2013 Amphitheatre PLOT and scroll down to view the stage map. Or check out J.U.i.C.E Hip Hop Dance Festival past performances on Youtube

All performers must be available for dress and tech rehearsals during the week prior to the show (Aug. 20tth- 21th Between 6PM ~ 12AM). Music for each piece, as well as backdrop and projected artwork must be submitted to J.U.I.C.E one month before the show. Performers must have the rights to the music and images they provide. Performers must also provide bios and photos for JHHDF marketing materials.

Each selected performing group will receive a small stipend to be determined based on the number of performers, particular needs of the piece, and festival budget. Performing groups will be listed in the press release, radio announcements, and J.U.i.C.E. website. If you are out-of-town performers, you are responsible for your transportation and accommodations.

To download the submission form click here.

JHHDF_Call4Work 2014

Applications must include a completed submission form, a resumé, a photo of the performers, and a YouTube link of the finished dance piece, or performance. Send applications by email only to “emikojhhdf at gmail dot com”.

Applications materials must be RECEIVED by Wednesday April 30th, 2014. Applicants will be notified of decisions by the end of May 2014 by email.

Contact Emiko Sugiyama at “emikojhhdf at gmail dot com”.

J.U.i.C.E X Today’s Future Sound: Beatmaking Workshop Collabo!

On Saturday, January 18th, during our regular weekly MacArthur Park sessions, J.U.i.C.E. was lucky and blessed enough to have a slew of producers come from all across California by way of Today’s Future Sound ( With an assortment of styles, techniques and experience, J.U.i.C.E. music production workshop participants were treated to some stellar auditory art as well as a good dose of new lessons learned. All around, it was a good fun experience for all involved.

Deck the Halls with Books and Hip-Hop!

“Deck the Halls with Books and Hip-Hop!”
Celebrating another wonderful year of programming, J.U.i.C.E. participants and supporters gathered at The Last Bookstore in Downtown Los Angeles for an evening of food, music and holiday cheer!

J.U.i.C.E. was able to hit its target goal and successfully raised thousands of dollars at the event. Thanks to all those that attended the event, J.U.i.C.E. was able to take crucial steps in securing funding to continue our weekly core programming in MacArthur Park, Los Angeles. Special “Thank You”s go out to Andres Ruiz for the wonderful catered food, to DJ Kenzo for the groovy laid-back tunes and to the wonderful hosting provided by The Last Bookstore.

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It was definitely a night to remember.

J.U.i.C.E. Interview on KCSN 88.5 FM

A student reporter from California State University, Northridge came to JUiCE in MacArthur Park earlier this month and chatted with some of our participants and staff about our program.

Check out the interview in its entirety below!

J.U.i.C.E. Fam Comes Together for Typhoon Haiyan

During our regular weekly session this past Saturday at the MacArthur Park Rec Center, emcees, graffers, DJs, B-boys and B-girls all came together in support of the survivors in The Philippines that were affected by the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. In a long tradition of putting our resources together in aid of natural disaster victims, J.U.i.C.E. collected donations of money, food, first aid supplies, and clothes and later gave them to an agency that delivered the supplies where they were needed most.

J.U.i.C.E. joins in on the Radiotron 30th Anniversary Celebration

This past Sunday, the bandshell in MacArthur Park was rocking with the good vibes of true-school Hip-Hop as West Coast legends and pioneers came out to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Radiotron, the first place for Hip-Hop in Los Angeles. B-boys and b-girls from J.U.i.C.E. joined in the festivities and represented the present-day flavor with an on-stage dance performance that brought down the house and got the party started. Shout-outs to Lil’ Cesar, Carmelo Alvarez and so many more folks that helped pave the way for Hip-Hop in the City of Angels. And, here’s to 30 more years to the legacy and work that is Radiotron.

Jammin’ in Memory of Gerald Casterlow

During our weekly session at MacArthur Park, JUiCE fam took some time out to reflect and remember on one of the most beloved figures in the West Coast B-Boy/B-Girl community. B-Boy Kujo’s testimony was particularly inspiring and moving. As many stories that were told of his skill as a dancer, there were stories shared about how large his heart was and how good and strong of a person he truly was. It was evident from the outpouring of love and affection that Gerald has meant a lot to all of us and he will truly be missed.

Rest in Peace, B-Boy Gerald.

J.U.i.C.E presents “Kampala Blackouts” by Ras G, Open Mike Eagle, and Mon MC (Free D/L)

Recorded in Kampala Uganda in May of 2012. Watch the mini-doc to get a peek into the creation of the project. Then stream or download the music for free!

The Kampala Blackouts EP was recorded over a two-week span in Kampala, Uganda in May of 2012. Featuring Los Angeles-based beatmaker and Brainfeeder recording artist, Ras G, and Los-Angeles-based Hellfyre Club recording artist, Open Mike Eagle, along with Ugandan rapper Mon MC, this project is the result of an international hip-hop exchange program between hip-hop non-profit J.U.i.C.E. (Justice by Uniting in Creative Energy) and AGYA (Amagezi Gemaanyi Youth Association), an NGO in Kampala, Uganda. * this project is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.


Track Listing

  1. Let it Go
  2. Can’t Hide
  3. Constant and Hopeful
  4. AGYA House
  5. The Good Guys

* All tracks produced by Ras G

* All tracks feature Open Mike Eagle and Mon MC + various MCs from Kampala, Uganda

* All tracks recorded in Kampala, Uganda by Samuel Bissaso at Blacksmith Records (Kampala, Uganda)

* All tracks are the property of J.U.i.C.E. and licensed for free download


Artist Bios

A veteran of countless cyphers and shows, Open Mike Eagle comes from the storied Los Angeles MC proving ground the Project Blowed. Also a J.U.i.C.E. alum, Open Mike has developed a professional recording and performing career with a bright future. Recently, Michael Eagle has traveled nationally and internationally while releasing two critically acclaimed albums in the last three years: his debut albumUnapologetic Art Rap (Mush Records) and the follow-up, Rappers Will Die of Natural Causes (Hellfyre Club).with the release of these two albums, Open Mike has launched onto the underground hip-hop scene in the states and beyond. With a unique flow and delivery, highly skilled word consturction, and the ability to consturct intelligent, but accessible rhyme schemes that cover topics other rappers dream about, Open Mike Eagle is set to take his career, and your perception, to new heights.

Ras G has been a fixture in the Los Angeles hip-hop scene since the early 1990’s.  Ras G’s unique production style uses spacey innovative rhythms, grimey drums, and sounds that create a his instantly recognizable sonic assault. Having toured the globe and released albums on several tastemaker labels, including Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder, Ras G is making an impact on the development of hip-hop globally through his many releases. His album Ghetto Sci-fi, produced under the moniker Ras G and the Afrikan Space Program, is an “an analysis of what came before us as told through sounds from the future” and exemplifies this proposed international exchange. Ras G looks forward to continuing his tradition of pushing the envelope to further hip-hop music as we know it.






























































































Rapping for over ten years and performing at over 500 live shows, Simon Ssemwogerere aka Mon MC, is a 26-year old professional rap emcee from Kampala, Uganda. Rapping exclusively in his native tongue, Luganda, and infusing traditional African musicology into his style, Mon MC believes that rap music is the best way that he can educate the global community about issues facing people in Uganda. With songs likeIt’s Never Too Late To Fight AIDS, which was inspired by Mon MC’s mother who lost her battle with HIV/AIDS, Mon MC’s music is truly educational, uplifting and inspirational. Mon MC is the first Ugandan rap artist to have a music video featured on Black Entertainment Television (BET). In 2008, Mon MC was nominated for a Uganda Buzz Award for “Best Hip-Hop Single.” Mon MC is currently a guest lecturer on hip-hop performance and technique at the Amagezi Gemaanyi Youth Association (AGYA) as part of the “Recording Our Dreams” Studio Project.

The international hip-hop exchange project had four distinct goals:

1) Exchange knowledge about the musical traditions of hip-hop, both its roots in African music and the unique styles of rapping and production born in Los Angeles, paying particular attention to similarities and differences in rhythm, melody, harmony, instrumentation and content.

2) Support the growth and development of hip-hop music in Uganda through artist-led workshops for emerging hip-hop artists in Uganda, which will cover hip-hop music production and rapping

3) Collaboratively produce works of art, culminating in the production of a 4-5 track project; and

4) Provide public benefit and experience of the arts through free distribution of the works



J.U.i.C.E. would like to thank everyone involved in making this project. Thank you to Divinity Motavu for making this happen. Shout out to Amaka Okechuwku for making the connection between J.U.i.C.E. and AGYA. To the Board at J.U.i.C.E.