Around the Clock Hip Hop Heaven With Black Eddie aka Rashaad the God

Originally published in Through the Lens Magazine on June 11, 2015

Article and photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The thing about Hip Hop music is that it has its own special kind of life. The beats of any good hip hop artist break through the skin, and dance through the veins melding with the pulsing of the heart. The blood pumping synchs with the rhythms, and soon every single body in the house is moving to the same melodious voice. That’s exactly what it felt like in the Sabbatical. Every eye is on the stage. Every hip sways. The crowd is entranced by the mic, and both are putty in the hands of one of the greatest minds of this time, Black Eddie aka Rashaad the God. The idolatry is validated by all of the fans on their feet swaying to the beats.

Rashaad Trapp was born and raised in Columbus, IN. He has a prestigious job in a well-known company, and he coaches wrestling for the youth in the community. He has a degree, and excels at life while being a single father . He genuinely cares about the world around him, and wants to make a difference. He is one of those people that leaves every place he goes just a little better off than when he found it. As long as Rashaad could remember, he had a passion for the culture of Hip Hop. One day he decided it was time to give back even more than just to his hometown. He wanted to contribute to that culture. How? He became an emcee. Black Eddie was born. He traveled all the way to the Sabbatical to share his rhymes with the eager throngs of hip hop fans gathered together as Cut Camp presents Around the Clock – Hip Hop Finale.

Sabbatical is an awesome live music venue that mixes art, music, great food, and culture. The atmosphere is spectacular, and positive vibes abound among the concert goers as well as the fantastic staff. Sabbatical has been great to the hip hop community over the years, and representatives of several hip hop families have gathered tonight to show some love back. Cut Camp and Strong Roots Records are a couple of those families, and Black Eddie is kin to both. Tony Styxx hosted the evening, and it was obvious that he has a mad hustle that can’t be ignored. He goads the crowd lingering outside at the start of the show to come in by poking them in the ears with his razor-sharp wit. DJ Spoolz pumps up the volume and the beats to set the tone for a phenomenal show. The opening acts get the crowd warmed up, and soon Black Eddie emerges with Cut Camp to bring the fierce heat to make them explode. Every chair is empty before the end of the first song, and every head bounces to the beat. Cut Camp’s message of love and liberation makes a tough act to follow for Strong Roots Records, but Black Eddie is up to the task on all counts. He breaks into his solo like a maniac on a rampage, and there’s not a person left in the room who would defy him. The rap is Battle of the Sevens, but it’s clear that the resonating battle was the crowd fighting themselves at a chance to get a little closer to Rashaad the God.

All in all it was an extraordinary evening at the Sabbatical with Cut Camp, Strong Roots Records, and, of course, the great hip hop hobbyist, Black Eddie. The fans showed up just as individuals looking for a good time, but they left as one. They left as a single group unified and bound by Black Eddie and his crew’s hip hop harmony.

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne Ramey, owner, editor, & contributor at Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the young age of 5, and was immediately hooked. Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos.

Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Hoosier photographer Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up with photography and listening to amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when they hear the music. She wanted to help people SEE the music by capturing every magical moment of concerts that she could only dream about as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to even being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, a collection of poetry, in 2011, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens, her first photo book. Melodie currently acts as publisher, editor & lead contributor at Photographic Melodie and does freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and artists.

Melodie says, “I started out with a Tweety bird camera and a dream and I never let go. I will always love photography and the vessel it has given me to share the images of my heart and mind with the world. I have found that every single person on this earth visualizes the world in very different ways. Some people are optimists, some are pessimists. Some people are daydreamers, and others keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Photography allows me to show some of these different visualizations. It allows the rationalist to see that it’s okay to dream, it can show the monsters hidden in the dark, and it can show even the saddest of people that there is still joy in the world.”

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