Hip Hop Congress Inc

You Don't Join Us, We Join You.

Redwood City, CA   |
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Hip Hop Congress Inc

EIN: 95-4822739


We uplift people and communities by inspiring and supporting artists, youth, and grassroots efforts via social engagement, educational programs, collaboration and cultural outreach through the diversity and inclusion of ​ Hip Hop culture.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Mr. Rahman Jamaal McCreadie

Main address

50 Woodside Plz Apt 203

Redwood City, CA 94061 USA

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Subject area info

Arts and culture


Philanthropy and public policy



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Population served info

Children and youth


Ethnic and racial groups

Economically disadvantaged people

Incarcerated people

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NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The global arts and activism community lacks a centralized platform that provides comprehensive cultural resources, mentorship, and networking opportunities. This gap hinders the empowerment of artists and activists to catalyze social change through creative expression and civic engagement. The Hip Hop Congress aims to bridge this void by offering a holistic ecosystem for individuals to develop leadership skills and drive impactful change globally. For HHC, Hip Hop has and always will be foremost about the people it represents and our struggle for cultural, social and political freedom, and that is not only against systemic forces like racialized capitalism, patriarchy, misogynoir, homophobia, etc., but also from predators within the culture that have used their power to abuse, assault, sex traffic, exploit, extract, and traumatize victims. We believe and stand with the victims and call for Hip Hop as a culture to be honest about abuse of power by some of its most prominent figures.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Cap The Gaps

CAP the Gaps is a youth-led project focused on policy change in education, mental health, substance abuse prevention, and juvenile justice. Youth leaders will map out their community to learn what resources are available, conduct a community assessment, collaborate with other youth including incarcerated youth, identify needed changes, create videos for community awareness, and ultimately propose changes to decision-makers. Youth will create social norms around honest conversations and peaceful discourse and utilize Restorative Practices to promote healing and repair relationships between youth and communities, empowering young people to thrive.

Population(s) Served

Born out of the Black Power Movement in Northern California, The Strutter's Room was established in 1978 to maintain the legacy of the funk/soul/party and competitive dance expression in The Bay Area. Strutting originated in the mid-70s with inner-city Black families who migrated from the South in the 1940s and defined the Black Power Movement in the 1960's.

The Annual International Strutter's Room Master Camp is for dancers from all over the world looking to gather information on this cultural tradition directly from the source - in the very community that engineered movement teachings that remain highly coveted information within the street dance community.

Taught by one of the Fillmore's most beloved public figures, co-founder of the BRS Arts Alliance, founder of The Strutter's Room, international Hip Hop dance icon and A-list Strutter Lonnie "The Fillmore Kid" Green a.k.a. PopTart for an entire week leading up to San Franciscos Juneteenth Parade & Festival and Nighttime Show.

Population(s) Served

The HHC National Conference is the flagship event for artists, activists, educators and organizations that convenes once-a-year in a new city hosted by a recognized HHC Chapter. In 2024, the 10th National Conference will be held in San Francisco, CA from June 7-11th at the Hotel Zeppelin.

Filled with interactive workshops and performances, attendees engage in a diverse range of activities including music, dance, visual arts, hip hop education, civic engagement, fundraising, mental health discussions, martial arts, event planning, and Juneteenth celebrations. This conference serves as a platform for community resourcing and networking, fostering growth and empowerment among participants.

Previous host cities include San Jose (CA), Los Angeles (CA), St. Louis (MO), Chicago (IL), Boulder (CO), Athens (OH), Seattle (WA), Biloxi (MS), and Detroit (MI) between the years of 2001-2010.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Artists and performers
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Artists and performers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of free participants in conferences

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people, Artists and performers, Academics, Activists

Related Program

The Annual International Strutters Room Master Camp

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

This metric is for the 2023 National HHC Family Reunion held in San Francisco, CA.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Hip Hop Congress, Inc. will serve as a global nonprofit connecting artists, educators, and activists worldwide. By empowering community leaders through artistic expression, cultural preservation, and civic engagement, HHC offers access to talent, mentors, teaching artists, and networking infrastructure, fostering a vibrant and impactful global community.

Ultimately, Hip Hop Congress will work to establish avenues of expression and school-to-career pipelines in all areas of civic life that are improved through Hip Hop engagement, including but not limited to education, mental health, physical health, social justice, ecology, technology, travel, economics, politics, and guidance (in addition to recreation and entertainment).

HHC aims to create safe spaces and accessible platforms for members around the globe to share communications and best practices in local organizing, youth advocacy, and cultural narratives. As a grassroots network, HHC will continue to increase individual efficacy within Hip Hop culture without depending on corporate sponsorship or financial capital, while simultaneously seeking capacity-building support through philanthropy, charity, and investment for its services to remain sustainable for future generations.

Hip Hop Congress envisions a future where all voices, no matter the language, can contribute to the improvement of social conditions and equity around the world. HHC will continue to develop the best learning systems for both local communities and global industries committed to the serving others and restoring balance on the planet through collective resourcing.

In 2019, Hip Hop Congress brought together a network of individuals who catalyzed the first statewide grant program in the United States that establishes Hip Hop Education as a viable approach to teaching and learning in California public schools. Called H2E2 for Hip Hop Education & Equity, this model impacts K-12 Title I schools and is currently being sought to replicate in other states. HHC is also an advisory group for the first national Hip Hop music standard being developed by the Hip Hop Education Center and Music Will.

In 2018, Hip Hop Congress joined forces with the Black community of San Francisco to preserve and amplify its undocumented tradition of inner-city dance culture from the 1970's that was a parallel response on the West Coast, particularly in the Fillmore District, to the failed Federal Urban Renewal projects of the 1950's that birthed Hip Hop culture in the South Bronx. HHC co-sponsors the Annual International Strutters Room Master Camp in San Francisco, CA each year to provide a living resource of history that was rooted in the Black political consciousness of the 1960's; resisted Hollywood appropriation in the 1970's; was systematically destroyed by the War on Drugs in the 1980's; and remains eclipsed in mainstream media narratives to this day. By creating original media documenting the lifework of community members like Lonnie "PopTart" Green and connecting it to educational initiatives like universal screening for dyslexia and H2E2, HHC is closing the gap on information that has been lost to governmental oversight and political bias.

Hip Hop Congress is developing chapters globally in developing countries and communities in Uganda, Kenya, South Africa and Brazil. Connecting youth and youth advocates both domestically and internationally will help develop cultural exchange programs that can be shared and promoted as prosocial approaches and best practices in universal education. Informed and develop by local and indigenous communities, HHC supports leaders by sharing and providing working strategies that use Hip Hop expression as a vehicle for positive social change to fill the gaps in traditional Western Education.

Finally, HHC owns a blueprint to a state-of-the-art web platform that will allow users to customize and focus their ongoing work on a network of like-minded individuals, organizations, and networks around the world who are aligned with the mission of HHC. When solution-oriented people reach critical mass, Hip Hop culture will be understood as a tool that was born of societal oppression that can be used to free humanity from any self-imposed limitations.


Hip Hop Congress Inc
Fiscal year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 240.75 over 2 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.9 over 2 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 2 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Hip Hop Congress Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Profitability info 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$27,141
As % of expenses -10.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$27,141
As % of expenses -10.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $226,661
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 15.5%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.0%
Government grants 6.4%
All other grants and contributions 78.2%
Other revenue 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $253,802
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 30.7%
Professional fees 24.0%
Occupancy 1.5%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 24.1%
All other expenses 19.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $253,802
One month of savings $21,150
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $274,952

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2023
Months of cash 1.8
Months of cash and investments 1.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.7
Balance sheet composition info 2023
Cash $37,075
Investments $0
Receivables $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.2%
Unrestricted net assets $36,998
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $0
Total net assets $36,998

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2023
Material data errors No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Executive Director

Mr. Rahman Jamaal McCreadie

Rahman Jamaal McCreadie is an artist, educator and activist who served HHC as USC Chapter Chair (2001-'04), West Coast Regional Director (2004-'12) and National Curricular Advisor (2012) before becoming National Executive Director in 2015. After starring in the critically-acclaimed 2003 Sundance film "The Beat", Rahman repurposed his talent in classrooms throughout the Bay Area and eventually founded the educational company, Rap Force Academy. His latest accomplishments include co-founding the first statewide Hip Hop Education initiative (H2E2) in California, and opening a social purpose corporation and martial arts school in Redwood City, CA called Afro Bushido Academy, SPC.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Hip Hop Congress Inc

Board of directors
as of 03/27/2024
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Board chair

Mr. Rahman McCreadie

Hip Hop Congress, Inc.

Term: 2015 - 2023

Ron Gubitz

Piper Carter

Real Robinson IV

Kristina Wright, Ph.D

Rosa Clemente

Paradise Gray

Alyssa Macy

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/27/2024

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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Black, Native American, Caucasian
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Decline to state
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Person with a disability

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