McNally Smith College of Music has announced its Hip-Hop Diploma Kickoff Event with a concert in the History Theatre on the school’s campus. Doomtree, Toki Wright of Rhymesayers, and Brandon Allday & Medium Zach of Big Quarters will perform in a free concert on June 6, 2009. Special guest Davey D will open the evening with an “Inside the Hip-Hop Studio” interview session. Seating is limited, and tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis through the college’s website. Fans interested in attending should click here to learn how to obtain free tickets. Seating is extremely limited. The McNally Smith Hip-Hop Diploma Kickoff Event is Saturday, June 6, 2009, at 6:30 p.m., and is an all-ages event. The History Theatre at McNally Smith College of Music is located at 10th St and Cedar St. in downtown St. Paul.
Toki Wright, an emcee and Rhymesayers artist, is the Hip-Hop Program Coordinator at McNally Smith. “The new Hip-Hop studies program should absolutely kick off with a party, and performance is an important part of what the program is all about,” said Toki. “Most of all its just going to be a great show,” he said. Toki Wright has been featured on recordings by Atmosphere, P.O.S and others, and will release his debut album on Rhymesayers in June. He is also well known for his work as a community activist.
Earlier this year, McNally Smith announced that it will begin offering a Hip-Hop Studies program in the September 2009 fall semester. This is the country’s first accredited college-level diploma devoted to the study of hip-hop music and culture. The diploma course spans three semesters, which can be completed in one calendar year, and will be taught by leading hip-hop practitioners and other music industry veterans from McNally Smith’s faculty.
The Doomtree crew, which is headlining the show at McNally Smith, includes McNally Smith composition faculty member Dessa. Over the past five years Doomtree has become one of the most highly regarded hip-hop collectives in the Midwest, and has recently toured the country in support of their 2008 self-titled CD, the first all-in-one release by the crew. Doomtree is highly regarded for their innovative recordings, explosive live shows and tireless work ethic.
Brandon Allday & Medium Zach of Big Quarters will perform a special beatmaking and production exhibition at the concert. The group has been featured in cover stories by City Pages and in Vita.mn. They recently released their critically acclaimed album From the Home of Brown Babies and White Mothers. “They’re Latino rappers, and also brothers, who create gripping, purposeful music,” said Popmatters.com.”
Special Guest Davey D. Guest speaker Davey D is a Hip-Hop historian, journalist, deejay, and community activist. Originally from the Bronx, Davey D is a graduate of UC Berkeley and is based in the Bay area. His many ventures include hosting a syndicated radio show, writing a column on Hip-Hop culture for the San Jose Mercury News and teaching a course in Hip-Hop studies at San Francisco State. Davey D has appeared in documentaries including “Dead Prez: It’s Bigger than Hip Hop” on Starz TV, Tupac Shakur’s “Thug Angel,” Chuck D’s “Hip Hop Hall of Fame,” and many others.Newer: McNally Smith and Hip-Hop In the News and On the Stage
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