By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
This summer, members of Oklahoma City’s hip-hop community are coming together to support the Cavett Kids Foundation with a show called, “Choose the Bright Side.”
The free event will start at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 8 at District House, 1757 NW 16 in Oklahoma City’s Plaza District.
The concert will highlight the foundation’s mission and raise funds and awareness for Camp Cavett, their annual camp for children fighting life-threatening illnesses.
The concert is hosted by rapper Jim Conway of Guerrilla Breed and DJ Triple8 of SomedayNow Music.
“Choose the Bright Side” will feature 16 top Oklahoma City rappers, including Fresh, Chief Peace, Original Flow & the Fervent Route, Joey Sativa, S. Reidy, Taylor Latre, Druce Wayne, Worm, Peyton Benge, Levi Hinson, Werdoze, Motian, J. Sparxx, Bishop and T.McCoy.
The fundraising event was the brainchild of rapper Druce Wayne (Drew Wood), after his younger sister became involved with the Cavett Kids organization.
A force in the Oklahoma City hip-hop scene in the 1990s and 2000s, Conway recently returned to performing in order to spread positive messages through the art of hip-hop.
“We see this as an opportunity to unite Oklahoma City’s hip-hop community to serve these kids at a time when they need all the help we can provide,” said Conway. “We’re going to be accepting donations throughout ‘Choose the Bright Side’ so these boys and girls can have an amazing experience next year at Camp Cavett.”
Joshua Tullis, a.k.a. Triple8, will be spinning tunes for all the acts that evening.
“Choose the Bright Side will highlight a cross-section of the burgeoning Oklahoma City hip-hop scene,” Tullis said.
“A lot of people assume that there’s just a few great emcees in Oklahoma City,” Tullis continued.
“The fact is, this scene is constantly adding new talent and they’re starting to work together to create a legitimate community. I think we’re seeing the first signs of the next great American hip-hop scene.”
What started with one camp and a dream has now become six camps serving about 360 children with various life-threatening and chronic illnesses each year and over 12,000 children with ongoing programs at no cost to the patients and their families.
The camp is held each July near Lake Texoma, in Kingston, OK, where kids from all walks of life enjoy five days of fun in the sun. Though they may have different illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, sickle cell, and lung disease, together they learn coping skills and benefit from sharing life experiences with each other.
Conway dares to challenge the norm in a music industry saturated with negative role models.
When he’s not making music, he spends his time on the South Side of Oklahoma City encouraging youth to seek a better path.
“Over 200 boys and girls go to Camp Cavett every year. In fact, the camp will be going on the week we’re staging Choose the Bright Side,” Conway added.
“It can make a huge difference for kids while they’re undergoing treatment, changing how they feel about themselves and their daily struggle. We’ll be accepting donations all night, because every one of those kids is in a battle worth winning.”
The Cavett Kids Foundation was founded in 1997 by Danny Cavett of Moore, OK, a Chaplain for The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center.
For more information about the Choose the Bright Side concert, contact George Lang at 405-641-539. To learn more about Cavett Kids, visit www.cavettkids.org.