Back in June, Dan Charnas–our friend and the man responsible for one of the best Soundtrack Series stories of all time–approached me about the possibility of presenting a special Soundtrack Series that would focus entirely on hip-hop. It was one of those times when you don’t even have to think before saying yes–YES just comes flying out of your mouth because that’s the only thing that ever should follow “want to do an all hip-hop show?” And so, on November 21st at The Gallery at LPR–that’s exactly what we’re doing.
Dan guest curated (and will co-host!) this special all hip-hop show, which will break from our usual “fan stories about songs” and feature stories from people whose life work was hip hop–its most influential artists and visionaries. Storytellers that night are:
Sway–an executive producer and reporter with MTV news, is the exemplar of televised hip-hop journalism. He’s sat with everyone from Diddy to Kanye West to President Obama. Sway made hip-hop history in the 1990s as the co-host of the very first rap show on pop radio, the nationally syndicated radio show “The Wake Up Show,” with his longtime partner King Tech.
Bill Stephney--the first president of the first real hip-hop label, Def Jam Recordings. At Def Jam, Stephney was best known for signing and producing the classic political hip-hop crew, Public Enemy. Stephney has been music supervisor or consultant for films like “Do The RIght Thing,” “Boomerang,” “Clockers,” “Shaft,” “Down To Earth,” “CB4,” “Ladies’ Man,” and “BeBe’s Kids.”
Adam Dubin–co-directed the Beastie Boys’ music videos “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (to Party!)” and “No Sleep Till Brooklyn.” Dubin was the NYU roommate of record producer and Def Jam founder Rick Rubin.
Faith Newman–one of the 25 best A&R’s in Hip Hop history, Complex.com. She is responsible for signing Nas and Jamiroquai to Columbia Records, and now works as Senior Vice President of Creative at Reservoir Media Management, Inc.
Serch–one-half of the pioneering hip-hop duo 3rd Bass. He’s been a radio personality on stations from Detroit to Orlando, and is about to debut his new daytime syndicated talk show, “Serch,” distributed by CBS-TV.
Monica Lynch–the former president of Tommy Boy Records. She is currently a DJ on WFMU.
Eric & Jeff Rosenthal–known together for their comedy franchise “It’s the Real”, are masters of hip-hop humor. They’ve been profiled in The New York Times, hosted shows for MTV.com, and their work has appeared in Rolling Stone and Complex.com.
Dante Ross–a legendary figure in the hip-hop industry, responsible for either producing, handling, discovering or signing the following acts: De La Soul, Queen Latifah, Digital Underground, Leaders of the New School and Busta Rhymes, Ol’Dirty Bastard, Brand Nubian, 3rd Bass, Everlast and many more.
Milk Dee–the MC behind the classic hip-hop track, “Top Billin’,” sampled by everyone from Mary J. Blige to 50 Cent.
Combat Jack–a veteran of the hip-hop business as a lawyer, executive and author, and is the host of the renowned and respected Combat Jack Radio Show and Combat Jack TV on Complex.com. He’s also been managing editor of The Source magazine, represented clients from Jay-Z and Dame Dash to Nice & Smooth, and co-wrote the first book on hip-hop’s jewelry obsession, “Bling.”
See what I mean? This is huge. So grab your tickets while you still can, and we’ll see you on November 21st for one of our most exciting shows ever!