Hip Hop collaboration project
Performances, Panel Discussions and Workshops
October 23-24, 2020
Over the last year, I have been conceptualizing and working on a major hip hop collaboration project that brings together artists from the Boston hip hop community and Boston music school community. It features a number of local Boston rappers, including Marquis Filthy, Kofi Lost, Red Shaydez, SeeFour, Tashawn Taylor, Cakeswagg, Capella Auriga, and new music that I have written and arranged with a live band. The songs include elements of hip hop, R&B, and jazz, and they combine the rappers with a live band a singers. There's a back and forth between the instruments and the hip hop verses: an important goal of mine for the project is to create music that appeals to people from different musical communities.
Not only am I striving to create great music, but through this project I also hope to address the disconnect between the worlds of music schools and urban musicians, who create very deep and profound music in a non-academic setting. My musical development when I was younger had been primarily in jazz, but over the past couple years, I’ve become very involved in the Boston hip hop community. When I first started getting involved with these artists, I was shocked to realize there was this other community of musicians right near my school and neighborhood, creating powerful and emotionally stimulating music, but that there was so little contact between them and the artists I have met through my studies. Through this project, I've been able to bring musicians from these varied communities and different walks of life together to create music. The weekend at Studio 170 will include a few different kinds of events that provide an opportunity to meet, engage with, and experience the music of different talented artists from the Boston music scene.