Many see the holidays as a time for giving to those in need, and the Oklahoma City hip-hop community is no exception when wanting to give back to their neighbors for a Christmas they will never forget. The Lifelines Initiative will host the Lit Xmas benefit concert at 51st Street Speakeasy, 1114 NW 51st Street, on December 8 at 8:30 p.m. for a suggested $5 donation with a live show featuring Oklahoma hip-hop and rap artists.
“A Lit Xmas to me means alleviating some financial stress for a few hardworking parents during the holiday season,” said Jim Conway, executive director of The Lifelines Initiative. Having come from a single-parent household, he remembers his mother not having the funds to get him and his sister their wish-lists but being together was more than enough for the holidays. “Lit Xmas is an opportunity to show one metro family that they are not alone,” said Conway. “We can showcase the love that Oklahoma City’s hip-hop culture has for its community.”
The Benefit Concert will be co-hosted by General J. Poe and Mike Ipong with DJ Triple Eight and Jo Square. The lineup of talent includes The Guerrilla Breed Collective, Soufwessdes, Sativa Prophets, Trip G, Wokez, Split Personality, Tulsa based artist Bambi, Lucius Coldstone, & Wesley Warhol. Lit Xmas title sponsors include Backstage Limo, 51st Street Speakeasy, The Krow’s Nest BBQ, and Fill My Basket. In addition to the Benefit Concert, The Lifelines Initiative will also pay a visit to Jefferson Middle School along with The Krow’s Nest BBQ to serve lunch to the entire teacher staff to show their support for teachers and all of their hard work.
The Lit Xmas benefit concert will be held at 51st Street Speakeasy, 1114 NW 51st Street, on December 8 at 8:30 p.m. for a suggested $5 donation with a live show featuring several Oklahoma City rap artists all raising money for a $1000 shopping spree, Groceries, and an unforgettable Holiday Experience for an Oklahoma City family. Entries will be accepted starting November 23 and close December 15. Entrants are required to register online at bit.ly/litxmas detailing what a “Lit Xmas” would mean for their family. The winner will be chosen and announced on December 20
The Lifelines Initiative is an Oklahoma City nonprofit whose mission is to meet the unique needs of the at-risk youth, empowering the next generation of creatives through arts and education.