Let’s change the way we talk
about money through hip hop!
Most people think that you should only budget in your NEEDS, but actually, if you don’t include your WANTS or the things that bring you joy, you will never stick to your budget.
That’s why the best way to build wealth is to make a plan and spend time, energy, and – yes, money, on the things that matter to you.
The Hip Hop Finfest is changing the “common sense” around money to…
(1) Inspire Lyrics with finance lessons & songwriting tips from experts sharing knowledge 📚
(2) Create Social Change with Song Competition for middle & high school students 💰
(3) Amplify Money Talks with Virtual Concert that brings our communities together 🎶
It all starts with a song contest for YOU to voice and share the wants and needs of your community.
Are You Ready to use YOUR talents to create change?
What would you do if you won $1000 dollars, a “Pocket Studio", and mentorship for the next year?
Calling all Middle and Highschool Students: Amplify your voice to share what your community needs to know about finance and inspire others with your songs & stories. Win over $5000 in prizes including:
$1,000 in cash
“Pocket Studio” equipment with ZV-1 Camera, Wireless Bluetooth® Shooting Grip and Tripod,WH-CH510 Wireless Headphones with Microphone,Rechargeable Battery Pack, Tough M 64GB Memory Card, Portable Bluetooth® Wireless Speaker, Shotgun Microphone
Monthly mentorship sessions with hip hip legends and business changemakers.
ALL THAT AND…YOU’LL PERFORM at the FPP Conference at the legendary Disney Springs, and then celebrate with your family at a theme park of your choice* - hotel and travel is on us!
PLUS…As the winning student’s teacher you’ll get a 1:1 Coaching Session to increase their own comfort around personal finances & access to the award winning Beyond Budgeting curriculum.
*Choose between Disney World and Universal Studios
Must be between 12-18 years old to submit
Open to residents of the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean
Must use content from at least one of the financial literacy challenges provided below
Must choose a beat provided by Hip Hop FinFe$t (No YouTube, TikTok, or SoundCloud beats)
Song must include a minimum of 16 bars and a chorus
Song length cannot exceed 4 minutes
Must submit video performance - NO audio-only submissions will be accepted
Absolutely no cursing or profanity allowed
Your support empowers youth to take control of their finances and inspire others with their creativity and art. Giving students tools and opportunities to share financial knowledge and dispel money myths with their peers, mentors, and wider community.
Meet Our Judges
American Journalist, Host of Sway in the Morning, Hip Hop Producer
Sway Calloway is an American journalist, radio personality, executive producer and former rapper. Known as Sway, he is known for hosting music, news, and culture programming. He was the co-host of the nationally syndicated radio show The Wake Up Show as one half of the duo Sway & King Tech. Sway now hosts “Sway in the Morning” on SiriusXM Shade45 as well as the MTV show TRLAM.
Co-CEO of SwishaBlast / Swishahouse
Dash serves such an important part of taking a local label and turning it into a global brand. His hands and guidance have been on nationwide hits such as “Tippin’ On 44’s”, Who is Mike Jones?, Paul Wall, Lil Keke just to name a few. Dash is an industry veteran with a lot of insight and experience under his belt that can benefit the younger artist. Dash serves on various boards across the state and keeps the label actively involved via community and philanthropic efforts.
Business Development (FinTech)
Delores leads Business Development and securing partnerships with minority lead/founded financial technology platforms. Her team is dedicated to identifying and developing partnerships with mission driven fintech platforms that are minority lead and dedicated to making a more equitable financial system. They work to remove barriers in the payments ecosystem that minority founders often face such as funding & access to community.
Hip Hop Scholar, DJ,
J. Rawls, is an American hip hop musician, producer, disc jockey (DJ), educator, and speaker born in Columbus, Ohio. He is best known for his work with Masta Ace, Mos Def and Talib Kweli. Because of his work with Black Star, a hip hop group composed of Mos Def and Talib Kweli, and their sole debut studio album, Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star, Dr. Rawls was soon placed on the map among independent hip-hop producers and became an independent hip-hop main-stay.
MC, Educator, Curator,
Hip Hop Ambassador
Queen Herawin is a Hip Hop artist, visual artist, curator, professor, and cultural ambassador to the U.S. She is a member of the family-based group, The Juggaknots. As a group, they have produced projects such as The Re-Release, Use Your Confusion, The Love Movement and WKRP in NYC. Metamorphosis, her solo album released in 2015, gave an expanded view into her creative expression and individual voice. However, projects such as the Lyricist Lounge Vol. 1, set a tone in the early 90’s with the song “Weight” showing her lyrical position as an Indelible MC.
Founder & CEO of L.O.U.D.
Derrick McKinney began his career in the music industry at the young age of twenty when he got the opportunity to work with FUBU as their Regional Marketing Rep. From there, McKinney’s talent for strategic marketing led him to consult with labels such as J Records and Interscope Records and many others. Currently his label and management roster includes artist and producer Tim Ned, Khody Blake, Skyrah Bliss and southern rap icons such as Z-Ro, Lil Flip, and Grammy Nominated, award winning R&B recording artist Bobby V. Derrick has been the awardee of many prestigious industry and community awards for his continuous efforts.