Soul Food Cypher: Community Engagement through the Craft of Freestyle Lyricism

Soul Food Cypher

Funding Received: 2015
Atlanta, GA
Funding Period: 1 year and 5 months

The rapidly changing demographics of Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward—a historically African American community—are testing relationships, identities, and resiliency of networks within the community. Through the use of hip-hop and the craft of freestyle lyricism, Soul Food Cypher (SFC) will launch cultural events that create a place for positive social interactions, using the arts and shared neighborhood spaces as a cultural bridge.


See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project

Jun 1, 2020
In foundational hip-hop films such as “Juice,” “8 Mile” or “Brown Sugar,” freestyle rap is often depicted in the context of a battle where a... Read More
Jan 16, 2019
The most important rule of One Hundred, a monthly freestyle rap event organized by local nonprofit Soul Food Cypher, is to show courtesy. Cursing is... Read More
Has Rap Music Inadvertently Lead to Gentrification in American Cities? By Alexander Acosta “It ain’t where you from, It’s where you’re at” - Rakim, “In... Read More
Aug 26, 2016
Here’s a mental exercise: Try speaking in verse, out loud, off the top of your head. Be sure to rhyme, maintain a rhythm and be... Read More
Mar 15, 2016
No campaign speeches. No slogans. No rallying of the troops. No disparaging remarks about other candidates. Soul Food Cypher is a unique collection of lyricists... Read More
Dec 31, 2015
For nearly four years, Acosta has been throwing house parties of his own, with a twist. Every fourth Sunday the members of Soul Food Cypher... Read More
February 1st marked the beginning of Black History Month where each year we set aside a few weeks to focus our historical hindsight on the...Read more
For the past five years, I’ve had the honor and privilege of serving as Soul Food Cypher’s founding Executive Director. SFC is a community based...Read more