Hip Hop Hooray's Miss Manners Featured in Austin 360

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Hip Hop Hooray's Miss Manners Featured in Austin 360

Wednesday 1/3, 2:45pm

For its 2017 Music Awards, Austin 360 gave props to Leah "Miss" Manners, host of KOOP's "Hip Hop Hooray":

RESIDENCY OF THE YEAR: AUSTIN MIC EXCHANGE AT SPIDER HOUSE

Leah Manners, host of KOOP Radio’s “Hip-hop Hooray,” and rapper Adam Protextor launched a weekly hip-hop open mic event at Spider House Ballroom five years ago. Their aim was to create a space for young emcees on the local hip-hop scene to develop and connect with like-minded artists. They built it, and the people came. The event rapidly grew into a vibrant and creative scene.

All emcees were welcome on their stage, and they made special efforts to encourage women who rap. Through their run, they hosted over 300 shows, events they say were marked by “dopeness, rhymes, community and building something bigger than ourselves.”

Though they continue to promote events under the Austin Mic Exchange banner, their decision to retire the weekly in September left a hole in the heart of the ATX hip-hop scene. The event’s legacy will live on through the countless Austin emcees who found courage to develop their craft on the Spider House stage."

Austin 360