Rap Atlas: Oakland

Youth UpRising

8711 MacArthur Blvd.

Youth UpRising is located right next to Castlemont High School where A-Plus of the Hieroglyphics went to high school. The center opened because they were losing too many kids to the streets. Youth UpRising is all about empowerment for inner-city kids; it’s an after-school center with job training and placement programs, music studios—all these things to engage the youth in positive activities. In 2006, they shot parts of E-40’s “Tell Me When to Go” video there, and they also recruited the turf dancers you see in that video from there. In fact, Youth UpRising is one of the gestation spots for the entire turfin’ movement. The Animaniaks, Arkiteks, and Turf Feinz crews all started there. Many rappers have been involved with Youth UpRising too. Too $hort volunteered there, Casual from Hiero worked on staff, and Mistah F.A.B. used to host freestyle battles. E-40 has been up in there too, as well as J.Diggs from Thizz—they gave away sneakers and clothes for Thanksgiving one time. The whole center is dedicated to nonviolence, and it’s dope that they’ve embraced hip-hop as a means to express that.

E-40 - "Tell Me When to Go"

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