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When: Fri., April 5, 8 p.m. 2019
Price: $25.00
Wanna do yourself a favor? Dig out Boogie Down Productions’ 1988 video for its song “My Philosophy.” Beginning with the first grainy, black-white framed image of the late and great DJ Scott La Rock holding his two small children shortly before his death, every image and sound captures the origins of hip-hop and shows the undeniable influence of KRS-One. His track suit and hat could easily be a part of today’s UK rapper, Skepta’s wardrobe, while cameos from beloved hip-hop pioneers, like DJ Red Alert, intermingle with images of Malcolm X and Bob Marley. The scratch-laden “boom-bap” beat still feels fresh, and KRS’ flow? Unmatched to this day. Taken as a whole, the video marks the beginning of “the golden age of hip-hop,” inspiring even NWA to sample his line, “It’s not about a salary/It’s all about reality.” Thirty-one years later, the artist/activist has one of the most impressive catalogs and, stage presences, in the history of underground hip-hop. Wanna do yourself another favor? Graze on his many albums and catch “The Teacha” live on stage.
— D. Scot Miller


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