Washington D.C.’s local rap artists will hook up with local leaders this Wednesday to help make a case for the rights of the under-represented area.
The event is centered around the area’s lack of voting representation in Congress and the exclusion of D.C. in Pop culture in the media world. Local artist and DXnext alum Tabi Bonney [click to read], who has been hard at work organizing the Human Rights Generation into action, will headline the “Equal Footing” event and says he has seen a shift towards interest and action in the recent years, especially among the young.
[The political interest] It started, I would say with the Clintons, you saw little inklings of it, but definitely since the whole [Barack] Obama movement… you just see the movement of younger people carrying it and feeling that it’s something important, that we can all indeed make a difference,” said Bonney.

The event is sponsored by some of these socially aware companies looking to make a different. “Green” companies like the organic tee-shirt line, Broccoli City and media firm, N’kosi, have thrown down to help put the event on. Other local companies, Suite Nation and PSA Events, have helped organize the gathering by incorporating a community awareness component.

Hitting the capitol stage with Tabi is Grammy-nominated singer Kyonte, and Rasi Caprice whose local hit “Free DC” has expressed the message of the youth.

The free concert is designed to help the local population, especially the youth understand the present day issues and how they can help fix these problems. Johnny Barnes, the emcee for the concert and Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of the National Capital Area said, “I expect it to be an evening where people learn, get involved, and hopefully Congress listens.

The “Equal Footing” event will gear up at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, April 1st  on the west steps of the Capitol Building on 1st Street.