It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop


(Left to right) Gabriel Launsing, Jessica Herrera, Isabel Cruz, and Brandon Hudson make up a fraction of the whole Hip Hop Culture Club. Photo credit: Audrey Arellano

Audrey Arellano

Though there’s a similarity in names, this group is not to be confused with the club, CSUN Hip Hop, on campus that focuses on dance and choreography. Instead, The Hip Hop Culture Club serves as an outlet where hip hop lovers can come together and bond over not only the music, but topics that go beyond the genre itself.

“It’s all about a feeling for me,” Gabriel Luansing, 20, vice president said.

Hip-hop is a bigger thing than what people think it is and here at the club, they’re trying to get that message conveyed, said Luansing.

Since middle school, Luansing has made his own music. He didn’t know anyone who had the same level of passion for hip-hop as he did. Music was something he held very close to him but he had no one to share it with.

“I got to college and I found this club and I was like ‘this is everything I want,’” Luansing said. “That was the first real exposure I had to people that I could really talk to about music.”

Every Wednesday at 5 p.m. in Sierra Hall 106, members gather and discuss ideas for productions they can put together for students on campus to enjoy.

When there’s time after the planning process, members talk about the latest in hip-hop, what everyone is listening to, and artists within the club get a chance to link up and work on their music.

Jessica Herrera, a 22-year-old journalism major, wanted to be around people with similar music taste as herself when she joined the club. After meeting so many creative people, her poetic juices began to flow.

“It made me want to write more and put myself more out there,” Herrera said. “I performed one of my poems at the last mixer.”

When people really love hip-hop, there’s a different level of appreciation for the art that can be shared amongst others in the community it’s formed, said 20-year-old junior, Brandon Hudson.

“It’s the most innovative genre is the past 35 years,” Hudson said.

The room was filled with great energy as Frank Ocean’s “Nike” played behind the laughs and conversations.