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How this university student is expanding the Kamloops rap and hip hop scene

RapLoops will be hosting another night filled with performances by local rap artists on July 12, 2019. Connor James, the face behind RapLoops, says the evening will also be a chance for local performers to network with each other.
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June 27, 2019 - 3:45 PM

KAMLOOPS — When you think of cities known for rap music, Kamloops might not come to mind right away, but one university student-turned-music promotor is looking to change that.

“We are trying to establish a more prominent online presence for the talented rap community,” says Connor James, one of the faces behind RapLoops. He is currently studying science at Thompson Rivers University.

James describes RapLoops as a platform for local artists where the public can get a better sense of the faces and personalities behind local rappers.

“It flushes them out as an individual,” he says. “I thought ‘why don’t we get all these guys on the same page and try to unite them so their online presence grows?’”

James uses social media accounts such as Instagram and Facebook to promote artists not only in Kamloops but also from the Okanagan and Lower Mainland. Since launching the online platforms, he has had performers reach out to him from all over B.C.

“There are guys coming out of the woodwork now that want to be hip hop artists,” he says, adding that many fans who support one artist usually end up finding other artists through RapLoops.

“Whenever we post a new artist… we’ll have some involved fans on our page let me know of other guys and what they think of their music, we get some suggestions through private messaging to showcase new tracks and music videos,” he says.

Currently, they are preparing for their second local rap music night at Cactus Jack’s Nightclub on July 12.

He describes it as a network operation for performers and supporters of the rap and hip hop community.

“The performers will be out in the crowd mingling, trying to make connections,” he says.

The first RapLoops night took place in May. James says there was a solid turnout.

“I was happy to give those guys a chance to perform, brush up on their stage presence and improve stuff like that because so much of it is just online,” he says.

He expects the second show to have an equal or higher turnout, the venue even offered James a longer time slot for performers.

"We are starting at 9:30 p.m. and going until close," he says.

Anyone looking to buy tickets for the July 12 show can go here.


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