In 2009, Coalition Hip Hop was founded in New Haven, Connecticut under the name “The Coalition” which it is sometimes still referred to as. The group features eight emcees with different styles very reminiscent of early hip-hop. Coalition music covers topics such as politics, corruption, violence and revolution amongst many others.
Unlike many artists today, Coalition Hip Hop stands out as a group, creating music that varies from hard hitting beats and lyrics to smooth jazz tracks all which have radio appeal. Coalition music has been featured on 94.3 WYBC FM, 106.3 CT Zone FM, Afrika Bambaata’s WHCR FM, The University of Connecticut radio, the Joe Grind Show, Boss Lady Radio, and many other online stations.
Coalition Hip Hop also headlines its own tour the “Making Moves Tour” which has stops all over Connecticut and Atlantic City New Jersey. The group has been featured five years running on the May Day Festival on the New Haven Green and now is the current headliner. They have been featured on the front page of the New Haven Register, write-ups in The Venue magazine, The Advocate, and the San Quentin News.
Coalition Hip Hop has also been selected again this year to play within the walls of San Quentin State Prison at their annual “Day of Peace” celebration. Coalition Hip Hop makes donations to numerous charities including Toys for Tots, Connecticut Food Bank, and The Wounded Warrior Project. To date, the group has six full-length projects and is due to release two more in January 2016.