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TeamBackpack is a music movement created in San Francisco by Armani Cooper, Dev Tejwani, and Nelson Silva. Since its early days, TeamBackpack has held cypher events in which underground & independent emcees rap a verse over originally produced beats, all in one take. With three to four people on a beat, these sessions are filmed live. Past cyphers featured artists such as Hopsin, Cyhi da Prynce, Joell Ortiz, Krizz Kaliko, Denzil Porter, Dizzy Wright and Rapsody.[1]

On June 7, 2018, TeamBackPack, in conjunction with World Underground announced their inaugural World Underground Festival. The festival is scheduled for August 29 to 31, 2018.[1]

World Underground Festival
Year Headliners Venue
2018 Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Dave East, Azealia Banks, Oshun, G.L.A.M, Radamiz, Siimba, Marlon Craft, Coco Mamba, Locksmith, Chris Rivers, Skull N Tones and more.[2] Melrose Ballroom, NYC.[2]

Past Events/Collaborations[edit]

  • Rock The Bells, 2013[3]
  • A3C, 2013 & 2014
  • Hunger Pains Tour, 2014[4]
  • Mission Underground LA (MULA), 2014[5]
  • Mission Underground LA (MULA), 2015
  • Mission Underground NY (MUNY), 2016[6]


  1. ^ a b Penrose, Nerisha. "Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Dave East, Azealia Banks & More to Headline Inaugural World Underground Festival". Billboard. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b Be Allah, Sha (7 June 2018). "The World Underground Festival Announces It 2018 Lineup W/ Dave East, Ghostface, Raekwon And Azealia Banks | The Source". The Source.
  3. ^ "Team BackPack – Mission Underground : May 1-3 2015 (Los Angeles)". BREALTV. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Hunger Pains Cypher, G-Mo Skee, Kung Fu Vampire, Dirtbag Dan, Wrekonize, Prod. by Chase Moore". T E A M B A C K P A C K. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Mission Underground Los Angeles 2014 - Recap". T E A M B A C K P A C K. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  6. ^ "MUNY 2016 (Mission Underground New York)". Archived from the original on 2016-12-20.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)