Come rap with us this Thursday, Apr. 18, from 12:15pm to 4:45pm, the American Studies Program, Office of Recruitment and Admissions, and the Center for Global Engagement, with support from the Campus Activities Board, will present “The Circle in the Square: Legendary Cyphers at CSI.” Students can earn CLUE credit for attending either Part I or Part II. For more information, contact the American Studies Program:

The proposed schedule of this multi-location event is as follows:


12:15pm – 2:30pm: The fountain behind the Center for the Arts (Building 1P)

  • In the event of light, intermittent rain: Amphitheater near the back entrance to 1P
  • In the event of heavy: West Lounge on the 2nd floor of 1P


2:30pm – 3:45pm: Recital Hall (Building 1P, Room 120): Workshop, Panel Discussion, Q&A

3:45-4:30 pm: Atrium of 1P: Light reception

Legendary Cyphers will initiate the cypher so others can build off their energy. After Part I (the outdoor portion of the program), which Legendary Cyphers will lead at the fountain behind 1P, we’ll all move to the Recital Hall (1P-120), where Legendary Cyphers will conduct a master class on the art of rapping, freestyling, and community participation through hip hop. Afterward, they will lead a Q&A to discuss what makes the cypher such an important expression of African American culture and how doing hip hop is a multidimensional lifestyle that is founded on unity. They will end with one last cypher, closing the event with a verbal jam session that you won’t forget.

You can find videos of Legendary Cyphers leading their weekly cypher in Union Square Park on YouTube. There’s even a video of their last appearance at CSI two years ago.