5 Reasons Why You Should Buy...: "A Tribe Called Quest: Innovation & Legacies: "It's Not Going To Break Your Wallet. You're Paying To Hear Some J Dilla..."
Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012 12:05AM
[With "A Tribe Called Quest: Innovation & Legacies - A Movement in Four Parts" New York City showcase kicking off this week, J Dilla Ensemble founder Brian "Raydar" Ellis gives you five reasons to hit the Big Apple from March 1-3.]
1. Harlem Nights
Reason number one is because this is Harlem. It's Harlem Stage. This is the cornerstone of Black-American music. Especially music-related live instrumentation. The whole Harlem Renaissance is there. This is continuing the legacy that's been established for almost a hundred years already. That alone is what I feel is very important.
2. It's A Party, It's A Party
Number two, the bottom line is it's going to be great music. It's just dope people giving it their all on the stage and it's a party at the same time. It's not just spectators. A lot of people have this obession with hip-hop where they think, "Hey, I paid for my tickets and I'm supposed to sit down and watch you entertain me." Hip-hop has always been a party. It came from a party, a block party perspective. That's what we're going to make it. It's going to be great music, it's going to be interaction. It's a party. That's a big reason.
3. Like Never Before
The third reason is because you're going to see incredibly skilled musicians taking on a new perspective of records that you may or may not know. We're going to be doing some different interpretations of these records that you woudln't get from just sitting down and listening. We're going to take it into a few different directions. Especially with J. Dilla, we're going to be digging into some of the things he sampled. People may already have a version of A Tribe Called Quest and Dilla records which is great, but we're gonna show them another version. They're going to hear songs they loved and where they came from.
4. Money In The Bank
Another reason is because this isn't going to break your wallet. It's not going to break your wallet. You're paying to hear some J. Dilla, live instruments and more. To see everything that you're going to see, it doesn't normally cost what you're going to pay. For the money, I think this is a steal.
5. Hip Hop Honors
The last reason is because it's J Dilla and Tribe. Anyone who knows their hip-hop, they know that their music has not been appreciated to the level it should. I know there have been documentaries and all of that stuff but it's the kind of hip-hop and music that doesn't get the spotlight. For everyone who argues about the radio playing the same songs, this is a chance for you to put your money where your mouth is and support the culture.
You Decide. Will you go check out "A Tribe Called Quest: Innovation & Legacies - A Movement in Four Parts?"
On the heels of a major Producers Guild Award for the documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest -Harlem Stage, in conjunction with Revive Music, will celebrate the impact, importance and influence of the pioneering crew with A Tribe Called Quest: Innovation and Legacies - A Movement in Four Parts March 1-3 at Harlem Stage. This four part series features live performances, dance events and a free humanities event headlined by a panel of hip-hop scholars, journalists and artists.
SOHH/Harlem Stage Contest:
Want your own set of tickets? Here's what you gotta do:
Beginning around 1 PM EST, check out SOHH's Twitter accounts for questions based on Brian "Rydar" Ellis'' five reasons you should check out the three-day event. Make sure when you answer the question, you include the hashtag #SOHHHarlemStage in your response. G'luck!