Uncovered: A Pageant of Hip Hop Masters

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Posted July 23, 2009 in

Anyone who caught the last Hip Hop Honors awards show on VH1 knows that the musical art form made up of beats and rhymes has become a cultural movement far bigger and deffer than any of its early practitioners likely envisioned it. But for every T.I. there’s an LL. For every Jay-Z, there was a Jam Master Jay (R.I.P.). You’ve got to pay respects to the masters. This homage to rap’s iconic pioneers and trailblazers is exactly what a group of actors, dancers and performing artists are doing as part of Uncovered: A Pageant of Hip Hop Masters at the UCR Sweeney Art Gallery. Through dance, music and movement, life-size versions of some of hip hop’s classic album covers will be re-created for audiences, including LL Cool J’s Bigger and Deffer, Run-D.M.C.’s Tougher Than Leather, Queen Latifah’s Black Reign, MC Lyte’s Lyte as a Rock and A Tribe Called Quest’s The Low End Theory. If Yo! MTV Raps was your Saturday morning cartoons and The Source was your nightstand reading, then this tribute to Salt-N-Pepa, Wu-Tang Clan and other Rap City all stars is for you. Do believe the hype and give props to this performance.

 

Uncovered: A Pageant of Hip Hop Masters at UCR Sweeney Art Gallery, 3800 Main St., Riverside, (951) 827-1467, www.sweeney.ucr.edu. Thurs., July 30-Sat., Aug. 1, Aug. 6-8; performances at 8PM. $10.


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