Cleveland - In celebration of Black History Month, Jahi and special guest 2013 Inductee, Chuck D. of Public Enemy join the Rock Hall for the Intersection between Hip Hop Culture & Education, an interactive dialogue and discovery presenting Hip Hop as a world culture with life affirming principles using videos, audio, narrative, demonstration and performance.
The event is free with RSVP and takes place on Friday, February 7th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm in the Museum’s Foster Theater.
Jahi and Chuck D. will be available for media interviews that afternoon from 3:30pm – 4:30pm. Media looking to secure an interview spot must RSVP to email@example.com.
From connecting ancient African history to contemporary styles, to sharing a story of an artist who came from the streets of East Cleveland to becoming and international Hip Hop artist and activist, The Intersection provides fans with the opportunity to explore various elements of Hip Hop in an educational, fun, and cultural way full of rich narratives and motivation for future artists and educators.
The Rock Hall’s annual Black History Month celebration is a cornerstone of its programming and outreach, recognizing the extraordinary contributions that African-Americans have made to rock & roll music. Since 1996, highlights have included conversations with Solomon Burke, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Ruth Brown, Al Green, Bobby Womack, Bootsy Collins, Chuck D, Rahiem, and Little Anthony and the Imperials. The Rock Hall is committed to experiences, opportunities for dialogue, and a time to reflect on the contributions and legacies of these artists.
Jahi, originally from East Cleveland, Ohio is a MC, artist, and educator who lives in Oakland, California. He is also an Artist In Practice at Holy Names University teaching a course on Hip Hop culture, and VP of A&R for Chuck D's Spitslam Recordings. Jahi has released 16 albums, is a member Public Enemy RADIO (Chuck D, DJ Lord, Jahi, S1W's) and lectures at museums all over the world on Hip Hop culture. He has been featured on Okayplayer, HiphopDX, Billboard, Oakland Magazine and Cleveland Scene to name a few. His most recent album, Nation Builder, is available on all music platforms on Spitslam Recordings, and Jahi will be releasing his first book- The Microphone Journeyman in February 2020 on Enemy Books.
About Public Enemy:
At the top of its game, Public Enemy redefined not just what a rap group could accomplish, but also the very role pop musicians could play in contemporary culture. Lyrically, sonically, politically, onstage, on the news - never before had musicians been considered “radical” across so many different platforms. The group came together in 1986 and released its first album, Yo! Bum Rush the Show, in 1987. But it was their second album, 1988’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, that made Public Enemy a household name. It reached Number Forty-Two on the pop chart, Number One on the R&B chart, was hailed as a hip-hop masterpiece and went on to sell more than a million copies. Public Enemy has continued to record and tour up to the present. In 2009 Public Enemy’s song “Fight the Power” was ranked Number One on VH-1’s The 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs. The group has also been a major influence on artists and bands in almost all genres of rock and roll, from Nirvana's Kurt Cobain to Björk, from Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails to Ben Harper and on.
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