Greg is the Managing Director of Nomadic Wax ( and the founder of World Hip Hop Market, a new-media site dedicated to global hip hop. He has been an organizer with the Trinity Festival since 2008.

Project Soul (Korea)

The Project Soul Collective, also known as Project Korea, is an all-star cast and group made up of the top Korean b-boys and artists. The group was first put together in 2002 by the Cartel Creative B-Boy Agency, in order to showcase to the world the incredible skills and talent of Korean b-boys. Project Soul quickly became world champions and rose to superstardom throughout the worldwide b-boying community.

Part of the mission was to give unknown talented b-boys and crews a chance to get their names out to the world. As this was accomplished, many of the members were able to take their own original crews to win world championships.

Today, Project Soul still comes together when needed under the management and direction of Cartel Creative.

DJ Cheese


DJ Cheese has a long history in this thing We call the ‘HIP HOP’ He was born in W. Virginia then raised in Potters Crossing – Edison, N.J. and Later Move To Plainfield, N.J. when he was 8Yrs Old. Cheese started to deejay then, and as a teenager he traveled Europe and the states And Other Countries as a professional DJ with major artist like Lisa Lisa and the Cult – Jam, Samantha Fox, Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five, Eric B. & Rakim. Run of Run DMC and Jam Master Jay spoke of Cheese in his verse “Here We Go” (…”My Rhyme Comes Faster Than Dj Cheese, The DJ cut the record … from the valley below…).

DJ Cheese’s song “King Kut” still gets play on the radio throughout the world, and has received awards here and in the U.K. “King Kut” was the first Hip Hop song to get primetime play in the New York market. This was a special achievement because at that time radio didn’t play rap music before 9 pm., 7 days a week. In 1984, Cheese won the DMC World Title at the Disco Mix Championship DJ Battle for World Supremacy in Europe’s Hipo Dome 1986. Cheese is a member of the DMC Technics Hall of Fame. The DMC battle is held annually, with regional competitions held throughout the world leading up to the main event in Europe. Prior to Cheese, the winners had all been mix deejays (deejays who mix music together). Cheese lit up the show by Introducing cutting, scratching And Turntables Tricks, Hand Cuffed, Blind folded, Spinning Around 360 And Cutting & Scratching With A Sneaker On His Hand, techniques the world had never seen before.


DJ Spictakular

DJ Spictakular is an original member of the Allies Crew, comprised of A-Trak, J-Smoke, Craze, Clever, Infamous and Develop. Spictakular made a name for himself as a DJ with a charismatic stage presence, well-composed routines and precise technical control.

His routines emphasize multiple aspects of DJ performance including beat juggling, scratching, body tricks and mixing. He has won numerous individual battle titles over the course of his career, including being the Philadelphia Regional DMC Champion as well as the runner-up in the US DMC Finals (both in 1999). Additionally, when he was a part of the Allies, they were the 1999 ITF World Team Champions. The Allies have won over 14 world championships together, more than any other DJ crew in the world. Spictakular has also appeared with the Allies on Fox, NBC, CNN, MTV, VH1 and BET.

Today, Spictakular stays busy teaching the art of DJing at Dubspot. He’s also a busy producer, with credits including tracks with Lil Wayne, D-Block and Immortal Technique.

DJ Vekked (Canada)

2012 DMC World Supremacy Champ, 2012 + 2013 IDA World Champ, 4x Canadian Champ

Jake “Vekked” Meyer’s journey as a DJ began in 2004 in Paisley, Ontario, a village of 1000 people where hip-hop and DJing is virtually non-existent. At the young age of 12 he got into music production, and was later introduced to hip-hop in high school. It was then that he combined his interest in hip-hop with his love of making music and decided to become a DJ. After seeing videos online of DJ Q-bert and Mix Master Mike that solidified his decision to become a turntablist and learn how to scratch.

Not long after getting his first set of Gemini turntables, Vekked purchased a copy of the 2003 DMC World Supremacy DVD and got his first exposure to DJ battling. A few months later he attended his first DMC event, and the following year he decided to enter himself. His first battle experience did not go as smooth as he could have hoped, and he ended up not placing. This experience only motivated him to work harder and once again he entered DMC in 2007. After his set, the 2003 Canadian DMC Supremacy champ M-Rock told him that he had potential but needed to try to find his own style, and said


With these words Vekked went back to the lab to practice and focus on the things that separated him from rest of the pack. In 2011, he came back with a much more developed style and claimed his first major DJ title becoming the Canadian DMC champ. This automatically entered him into the DMC World finals, but after much deliberation he decided against going because he felt his routine wasn’t as polished as he wanted for a world final. So in the name of artistic integrity he chose to hone his skills for another year.

Vekked began practicing for 2012 right away and successfully retained his title as the Canadian DMC champion the following year. This time he felt prepared to go to the DMC World finals where he became the first Canadian ever to win the DMC World Supremacy Title in front of a judging panel that consisted of DJ legends such as Q-bert and Craze. With this momentum Vekked continued working on new material in preparation for the first ever International DJ Association (IDA) Canadian final which he went on to win as well. Soon after he travelled to Poland for the IDA World Finals and returned to North America a two-time world champion, the first North American to win an IDA world title, and the only DJ to win both the DMC and IDA world titles in the same year.


Now Vekked is working on improving the Canadian turntablist scene with a recently start website for Canadian DJs: He is also performing showcases all across North America, and plans to continue building on his success by defending his world titles and winning more.

@VEKKED on Twitter

DJ Fatfingaz

Playing an instrument in any form is not an easy task, especially for a DJ. Skill and eye-hand coordination is key. The name FATFINGAZ exemplifies that very notion – hand control that equates the resulting sound. Either cutting it up with precise ease or mastering the attention of thousands of people at one time, DJ Fatfingaz is the representation of a pure DJ. For the past 15 years and counting,

The New York Native DJ Fatfingaz has immersed himself in practically every aspect of DJ Culture. Making a name for himself as a force in the industry, his foundation in technical art of party rocking is combined with a background in technical skills for the hundred, thousands & millions at a time whether it would be mega nightclubs, concerts/ festivals or live radio worldwide.

Aside from touring domestically & internationally in Europe, Asia, Caribbean and more, the aforementioned details of DJ Fatfingaz (the combination of technical skill, party rocking mega clubs, Host of Events/ Crowd Motivator & being a business minded individual) makes him a multiple threat in an industry where DJ’s are easily disposed. A passionate individual in terms of his Career, he is very adamant about maintaining “the love of the crowd”.

In Spring of 2012, The President of the Heavy Hitters DJ Enuff & family welcomed DJ Fatfingaz officially into the Heavy Hitters live on the world famous WQHT Hot 97 FM NYC.

This will be the third year that Fatfingaz is the host of DMC Hartford.

Jaro Cossiga (Czech Republic)

Jaro Cossiga is considered a beatbox pioneer in the Czech Republic and gradually is gaining fame in the European context and in the world – as a member of the New York Beatboxer Entertainment, European Beatbox Allstar and Czech Beatbox Allstars. He seeks to move beatboxing into various interesting directions – from slam poetry evenings, beatboxing connects with poetry. He worked with very diverse group of musicians – classical, orchestration and others. He spent five years of developing beatbox professional theatre for the Czech ARCHA Lab, performed in TRIBECA Performing Art Center, New York, in 2006. In 2009, he recorded the beatbox album Hop’n’Nob in New York City, and his crew BeatBurgerBand placed second in the 2009 World Beatboxing Championships in Germany. He has supported artists such as the Sugar Hill Gang, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Afu-ra, Bauchklang, Kila Kela and Kenny Muhammed.

Jaro and the BeatBurgerBand arrived at the Trinity International Hip Hop Festival in 2008 and did an impromptu beatboxing set with Baba Israel and Yako 440. They were invited back in 2009 and 2011 to perform and facilitate a beatboxing workshop. Cossiga returns this year solo to give an updated version of his beatboxing workshop.

The Hip Hop Re:Education Project

The Hip Hop Re:Education Project is an NYC-based community-arts organization at the forefront of global Hip Hop Education and youth development.  The HHREP uses Hip Hop culture to inspire and transform communities, engage marginalized and disaffected youth and improve youth motivation and achievement.  Dedicated to working with young people ages 18-24, the HHREP encourages commitment to the Hip Hop elements and the creative process.  HHREP’s youth ARTivists push the envelope artistically, while using each creative effort to advocate for change in their own lives and the greater community.  Repping the HHREP here at Trinity are Dizturbance, Shy, Uniq, Dizzy Senze, Johnny Buffalo, NYCBeatbox and HHREP founding Director Farbeon.  For more information, please visit:

Check out Re:Ed rocking the cipher:

Listen to their All-City, Vol. 1 music compilation featuring youth from all 5 of NYC’s boroughs as well as youth from Berlin, Prague, Lyon and Austin:


Schedule 2014

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

8:00am – 10:00pm: Registration
Location: The Underground Coffeehouse, Basement of Mather Hall

8:00am – 4:30pm: In-Class Hip Hop Lecture Series
All lectures are in Terrace Rooms B & C, 2nd Floor of Mather Hall

9:25am – 10:40am:  SOCL 241: Mass Media and Pop Culture
Lecture: Ben Herson (Amherst College/Nomadic Wax) – “Media Representations of Global Hip Hop” 

10:50am – 12:05pm: SOCL 272: Social Movements
Lecture: Chief69 (NYC) – “Hip Hop as a Social Movement”

1:30pm – 2:45 pm: POLS 250: Political Freedom
Lecture: Emile YX (South Africa) – “Hip Hop Activism pre- and post-Apartheid”. Discussion of how Hip Hop was used during Apartheid as an agent for change and how post-Apartheid it is used as a tool for building community.

4:00pm – 6:00pm: Film Screening: Say My Name: Women. Hip Hop. Life.
Location: Washington Room, 2nd Floor Mather Hall

7:00 pm – 8:30pm: Producer’s Showcase
Location: Vernon Social Hall
G-Whiz of True Sound Music Group (Hartford, CT)

8:30pm – 11:30pm: Spoken Word Event
Location: The Mill


Friday, April 4th, 2014

9:00am – 6:00pm: Registration, The Underground Coffeehouse, Basement of Mather Hall

9:00 am- 9:45 am: Minister Server (Temple of Hip Hop, Atlanta) – “How to Use Hip Hop for Empowerment”. Learn practical life-strategies that anyone can use to become empowered through Hip Hop Kulture.
Location: Terrace Rooms B and C, 2nd Floor of Mather Hall

10:00am – 10:45am: Bocafloja (Mexico) “Prognosis: Decolonial Poetic Exhale” – presentation from his new book of poetry and essays.
Location: Terrace Rooms B and C, 2nd Floor of Mather Hall

11:00am -11:45am: Mikal Amin Lee “Hired Gun” (NYC) – “Hip Hop in the Folk Tradition” — The lecture speaks most directly to the reality that youth have the power to create, to speak, to document, to develop and express story that stands in the face of the hegemonic, and racial forces that seemingly are the juggernaut intent on co-opting or distorting their experience.
Location: Terrace Rooms B and C, 2nd Floor of Mather Hall

11:00am – 12:30pm THDN 209: Hip Hop Dance Workshop:  Mixing It Up (African Traditional Dance and Breaking) South African B-Boy All Stars teach this dynamic dance workshop that combines traditional South African dances (such as Gumboot, Zulu Traditional, Namastap and Sbugwa) with b-boying and popping.
Location: P Commons Performance Lab

12:00pm – 1:45pm: Film Screening: GangwayBeatz Tour 2013 Barcelona followed by Discussion – Director and youth from the Hip Hop Re:Education Project in Berlin and NYC tour in Spain.
Location: TBD

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm: Hip Hop in Activism featuring Self-Suffice and M. Bernardo McLaughlin – Self Suffice and Bernardo highlight the role of activism in Hip-Hop, and why Hip-Hop has more potential to sustain activism than most other categories of popular music and culture.
Location: Terrace Rooms B and C, 2nd Floor of Mather Hall

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Film Screening: From B-Boys to Being Men with Q&A by Black Noise
Location: TBD

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Beatboxing with Cossiga – Dynamic instructional workshop and exhibition about creating beats and sounds with your mouth, led by one of the world’s top beatboxers, Jaro Cossiga, from the BeatBurgerBand of the Czech Republic (2nd in the World Beatboxing Championships)
Location: The Bistro

7:00pm – 10:00pm: Bboy/Bgirl Battle and Exhibition
Location: The Washington Room, 2nd Floor of Mather Hall
Featuring Black Noise (South Africa) and Project Soul (South Korea)
2v2 b-boy battle for $500 prize – sign up on site

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

10:00am – 4:00pm: Registration
Location: The Underground Coffeehouse, Basement of Mather Hall

10:00am – 8:00pm Live Graffiti Exhibition
Location: The Gates Quad, in front of Mather Hall

11:00am – 12:30am: Panel Discussion: Hip Hop and Youth Empowerment
Location: Terrace Room B, 2nd Floor Mather Hall
Featuring Emily YX? (Heal the Hood, South Africa), Mikal Lee (Urban Word, NYC), Farbeon (Hip Hop Re:Education Project, NYC), Vox Sambou (La Maison de Jeunes Cote-des-Neiges, Montreal)
Moderated by Ben Herson (Nomadic Wax)

12:00pm – 4:00pm DMC Hartford DJ Battle
Location: Vernon Social Hall
Hosted by DJ Fatfingaz with judges/showcases by DJ Vekked (DMC World Supremacy Champion, Toronto), DJ Cheese (1986 DMC World Champion) and DJ Spictakular (1999 DMC US Finalist from The Allies Crew)

4:15pm – 7:45pm: The Patio Hip Hop Showcase
Location: The Cave Patio, in front of Mather Hall
Host: Self Suffice (Hartford, CT)
Includes local and regional talent rapping, singing and dancing.

7:30pm – 2am: Hip Hop Concert @ The Washington Room, 2nd Floor of Mather Hall

Talib Kweli, Black Noise (South Africa), Quilombo’Arte Collective (Mexico/Dominican Rep/USA), Vox Sambou (Haiti/Canada), Shokanti (Cape Verde), Jaro Cossiga (Czech Republic), The Hip Hop Re:Education Project (NYC), Hosted by Native Sun (Mozambique/UK) with DJ Boo

Those Amazing B-Boy/B-Girls - 2012 Videos

At the 2012 Trinity International Hip Hop Festival, DecaDanceTheatre’s Megz & Taeko perform an excerpt from an abstract hip hop piece entitled “When the Sky Breaks”.

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Dead Prez

With hard-hitting beats, politically aware rhymes, deft lyricism and strong song concepts, dead prez emerged in 2000 as one of rap’s most politically strident outfits. and M-1’s music provided a voice for the voiceless, a sobering look at the global power structure that was crippling billions of people internationally and millions of Americans domestically. The duo’s first two studio albums, 2000’s Lets Get Free and 2004’s RBG: Revolutionary But Gangsta, were accompanied by four acclaimed Turn Off The Radio mixtapes and solo albums. (from

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