Joshua Rowsey is a Chapel Hill hip hop staple. As a graduate of UNC and an integral member of Chapel Hill hip hop collective No9to5, Rowsey is a frequent participant in Wednesday night Pit cyphers on UNC’s campus. (J) Rowdy, Rowsey’s rap moniker, can also be seen in the commmunity actively promoting the use of hip hop for a greater social cause. One of his most recent successes includes a partnership with Dr. Mark Katz (Ruel W. Tyson, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Humanities; Director, Institute for the Arts and Humanities) and the UNC Department of Linguistics, which uses hip hop to encourage young Cherokee tribe members to learn their native tongue. Ultimately this will help keep the language and oral tradition alive.
True freestyle rap, or as hip hop heads call it rapping straight off the dome, is an incredibly difficult skill to master. Not only has J Rowdy mastered this art, but he decided to ambitiously break the Guinness Book of World Records record for the Longest Cypher. Previously the it had stood at roughly 12 hours. Members from the hip hop community all over NC came together to DSI Comedy on Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, for this event on January 31st.
Artists included Tracy Lamont, Anderson Burrus (2014 DURHM Hip Hop Summit Rap Battle Champion), Konvo The Mutant /Tony Powell, (J)Rowdy /Josh Rowsey, Qing /Peyton Courtney, Jrusalem and other guests. They started at 10 am and rapped for a 12 hours 36 minutes and 54.5 seconds non stop to break the record. All they have to do now is wait for official verification by the Guinness foundation.
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