In 1993, Real Robinson IV (Producer, Entrepreneur) started an artist organization called The Hip Hop Congress (HHC). In 1997 after meeting Shamako Noble in San Diego, Ca. They formed the first North & Southern community chapters. In 2000, Jordan Bromley and Ron Gubitz started a campus activist group by the same name. The two groups did not know about each other until the summer of 2000, while surfing the web. Instead of competing over the name, the two organizations merged and formed the current Hip Hop Congress, Inc., becoming a 501c3 in 2000 and growing to over 70 chapters worldwide within the next 10 years.
Between 2002-2016, Hip Hop Congress hosted 9 National Conferences and 8 Midwest Summits which expanded its reach and impact throughout the United States. The National Conferences were hosted in San Jose (2002), Los Angeles, USC (2003), St. Louis (2004), Chicago IL (2005), Boulder, CO (2006), Athens, OH (2007), Biloxi MS (2008), Seattle, WA (2009) and Detroit, MI. (2010). The Midwest Summits were hosted at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor from 2008-2016.
Changes in IRS nonprofit reporting requirements caused HHC’s nonprofit status to default from 2011 until 2015, when it was reinstated under the new executive leadership of Rahman Jamaal McCreadie, who joined the organization in 2001 first serving as USC Chapter Chair until 2004, West Coast Regional Director until 2012, and National Curricular Advisor until 2015. Hip Hop Congress continues to be ahead of the game.