“Hip-Hop Hates” takes on HIV/AIDS tonight at the Cactus Club
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There’s an ancient proverb that says: “Haters gotta hate.” But what would happen if all that ill will was channeled into something positive? That’s the idea behind “Hip-Hop Hates,” a series of benefit shows designed to take on various diseases by raising money for local organizations. Tonight, Prophetic, Streetz & Young Deuces, Lah Kid, Speak Easy, and DJ Bizzon will descend upon the Cactus Club for “Hip-Hop Hates HIV/AIDS.”
Organized by the tireless JC Poppe, the event is the third in a series that began with a cause close to home. “‘Hip-Hop Hates’ was spawned from me wanting to put on a whole weekend of fundraising event for the MS Society,” says Poppe. “I decided that with all of my music connections, I could try putting together a benefit show. This was all inspired by my mom, actually, who has MS.”
Following the success of the initial event, a “Hip-Hop Hates Breast Cancer” show followed. “The first two events were for causes that have affected my family,” says Poppe. “This time, I wanted to raise money for a cause that I wasn’t associated with through family or friends, and HIV/AIDS is something that is unfortunately prevalent in Milwaukee. I think it’s something that people universally hate, or I’d like to think so.”
The show begins at 10 p.m., and a minimum $5 donation is being requested. All proceeds will go to the AIDS Resource Center Of Wisconsin.