J. RAWLS - Music Producer and DJ

Agenda and presenter information posted below!

Reimagining the Connections of Beats, Rhymes and Classroom Life

St. Cloud State University invites you to a day-long, dynamic and engaging hip hop conference that brings together artists, industry professionals, enthusiasts, educators, and scholars to celebrate and explore the vibrant culture of hip hop. This one-of-a kind professional development experience provides a platform to discuss, showcase, and inspire innovation within the realms of music, dance, fashion, visual arts, and socio-cultural impact.

The day is filled with music, dance, and art as we pay homage to the pioneers and innovators of hip hop. This is a chance to immerse in the culture, connect with like-minded individuals, and discuss important topics relevant to hip-hop culture and studies. By highlighting its history, evolution, and socio-political impact, the summit seeks to empower attendees to contribute to hip hop communities and foster positive change.

This day long summit features:

  • Interactive workshops on every element of hip hop including bboy, DJ, rap, graffiti
    and knowledge of self.
  • Live performances from Minnesota’s top hip hop artists including J-Sun, and more!
  • Open mic to show off your talents!
  • Community mural painting
  • Pop-up record shop (Cloud City Records) and bookstore!

  • Educators you will also have access to:
    • Strategies and approaches for teaching hip hop across the curriculum
    • Professional development hours.
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November 3, 2023

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  (lunch on your own)

Registration Fees:

  • Faculty/Staff/Community $100.00
  • Students $10.00
  • Badge Options:
    • Attendance Badge (Faculty/Staff/Community $20; Students $10)
    • Attendance Badge and 3 CEUs (Faculty/Staff/Community $35; Students $25)
  • Any registrations after October 31, 2023 or onsite incur a $25.00 late registration fee (excluded students)


St. Cloud State University
Atwood Memorial Center
651 1st Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Cancellation Policy:

  • A refund minus a $25 processing fee will be issued if request to cancel is received by October 31, 2023.
  • No refunds will be provided after October 31, 2023.

Registration questions:  email Roxann Neu or 320-308-4962

Conference Agenda

8:15 am - Doors Open and Conference Check-in
9:00 am - Welcome and Conference Kick-Off
9:15 am - Session One: Principals of Hip-Hop
10:15 am - Session Two: Delivering Discipline
11:15 am - Session Three: Turning the Tables
12:00 pm - Lunch: B-Boying and Breaking Bread
1:15 pm - Session 4: Don't Sleep on Us
2:15 pm - Session 5: TBD
3:15 pm - Keynote: J Rawls
4:15 pm - Battle Rap Session and Open Mic
5:00 pm - After Party



Presenter and Performer Bios

book J. Rawls
J. Rawls is a producer and DJ. He produced with BlackStar which placed him on the map among independent hip hop producers. He as also worked with artists including, Dom Genesis (Odd Future), Capital Steez )Pro Era), Beastie Boys, El Da Sensei, Sadat X, 9th Wonder and other? He also has over 15 years of K-12 teaching experience. Rawls co-authored the book, “Youth Culture Power: A #HipHopEd Guide to Teacher-Student Relationships and Student Engagement” with John Robinson through Peter Lang Publishers.
book Carnage the Executioner

Carnage the Executioner has been are at work over the last twelve years. He is boasting an undeniable resume with quality releases. Although he is a Minneapolis-based hip-hop artist, he has had multiple shows in Europe & South East Asia, touring the U.S., and delivering an engaging live show has enabled Carnage to steal the hearts of music fans worldwide. As an experienced human beatboxer of over 30 years, Carnage instructs others to use the body as an instrument.

book Dr. Tasha Iglesias

Dr. Tasha Iglesias is the President of the Hip-Hop Association of the advancement and education. She serves as an Adjunct faculty member, public speaker, consultant, and community leader with 15 years of experience working for universities, non-profit organizations, and labor unions. Education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies, Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, Master’s degree in Sociology and Ed.D in Educational Leadership (Higher Education).

book Mickey Breeze

Mickey Breeze is a DJ, artist and educator. A native of Twin Cities native, he has over 10 years of musical experience that started as early as the age of 5 years old, the word “prodigy” would be an understatement. He started playing instruments at age 5 and now plays trumpet, drums, piano, violin and cello. At age 8, he began producing music electronically, and by age 10, DJing seemed like the logical next step that combined production with the knack for live performance he picked up as a musician. 

book Chris Britton

Chris Britton is a hip hop head to the core. He is currently a teach er at Marshall High School in Rock Island Illinois. Chris grounds his entire teaching pedagogy utilizing Hip Hop pillars. He started his career as a Youth Pastor where he used music and breakdancing as a way to reach his community.

book Vera Naputi

Vera Naputi has been teaching middle and high school for over 20 years. Focus is on designing and implementing curriculum that is youth centered, structured, relevant, skill-based, and future oriented. Values team teaching and co-constructing curriculum alongside youth and adults for engagement and effectiveness. Instructional coach for curriculum, instruction and lesson planning that is centered in equity and intersectionality. Lover of youth, collective building with adults, centering voice and minds, visioning and dreaming.


Dr. 'DJ' Johnson

Dr. Johnson has spent 25 years working with students of all ages. His expertise is community building to create impact. He is the founder of Loras Colleges Black Men United (a support group for African American Male students) and the Gentleman's Breakfast club, created for African American males at Dubuque Senior High School. DJ has served as a mentor, coach, teacher father and more. He is currently serving as the Principal of Ankeny High School in Ankeny, Iowa.  He has a history of building community at his organizations by using the utilizing the hip-hop principle of knowledge of self. 


Tyrus Goshay

Tyrus Goshay is an award-winning digital illustrator and 3D artist with over 18 years of experience. He is a college professor, teaching game design and illustration in his off time. Tyrus has a Bachelor in Computer Animation and Multimedia and a Master's degree in Teaching with Technology (MALT).