With a plethora of artists to choose from, Miller narrowed down the lineup based on the artist’s output and dedication to pushing their artistry forward.
“I select the artists based on how much work they are doing. Are they consistently putting out music, dropping videos, social media presence as well as their ability to hustle and sell tickets and their draw?”
Recognizing that the hip-hop scene individually shares the same dream, Miller thinks the unification of the scene is important in developing comradery. While Cypherpalooza is about showcasing one’s prowess on the mic, Miller presses that the event also allows the artists and fans space to network and build rapport with each other that’ll inevitably push the culture forward rather than tearing it down. Speaking on the scene at large, Miller cannot help but remiss the lack of support from the city.
“I feel like the music scene here in Denver is lacking support amongst fellow artists. We don’t have many media outlets that deal with hip-hop, as the demographic is so much smaller here than in Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York. They all are way more united in pushing their culture and we are way too divided in that regard.”
Miller’s hopes for unification couldn’t come at a better time for Denver’s hip-hop. Miller has observed that radio stations are picking up more of the city’s rap talent, putting artists on bigger shows and overall giving them a bigger platform to excel into the mainstream. Likewise, Miller has advice for those trying to break into the hip-hop scene and those who didn’t make the Cypherpalooza lineup.