West Coast Rappers Steppin’ Up To The Mic At Their Own Summit

Hip-hop community will discuss issues in February at two-day meeting.

West Coast rappers who weren’t able to attend the National Hip-Hop Summit in New York last summer will convene next month in Los Angeles.

The artists will discuss conflict resolution and other issues pertaining to the West Coast hip-hop community on February 13 and 14 at an undetermined location, according to a spokesperson for the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, which is organizing the event.

The network, launched last year by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons (see “P. Diddy Joins Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Summit Action Network” ), will hold its second national summit in Los Angeles in June, the spokesperson said.

Last year’s summit gathered artists such Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, LL Cool J and Ja Rule (see “P. Diddy, Luther Campbell On Hand As Rap Summit Begins” ) and resulted in the formation of a mentoring program and an agreement on a new set of marketing guidelines (see “P. Diddy, Jermaine Dupri Help Announce Hip-Hop Initiatives” ).

Hip-Hop Summit Action Network also established Nu America, a political action committee that will provide political contributions to candidates who take a strong stance on freedom of speech and who are supportive of political issues affecting the hip-hop community.

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, was one of the early supporters of the network and is scheduled to attend February’s summit, as is Minister Ben Muhammad, president of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network. No artists have been confirmed yet, the spokesperson said.

February’s meetings will take place behind closed doors, though results will likely be announced at a press conference on February 15.