“Hip-Hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa’s records are the most important in the history of the genre; the patient zero whose breadth of genres influenced, knowingly or not, every subsequent DJ and hip-hop producer.”  – ROLLING STONE  

Read the full exclusive interview HERE

As part of the ongoing retrospective into Bambaataa’s enduring legacy, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist have signed on to tell the story of the birth of Hip-Hop in New York through Bambaata’s vinyl collection. This show will reflect a true NYC story stemming back to hip hop’s roots in 1973 and taking the audience through the many facets and eras of the genre and its various cultural influences (ex: Graffiti street art, fashion, punk, funk, etc), as well as showcasing Bam’s influences (from Rap and Soul to Salsa, Calypso and dub) leading up to today.

With Afrika Bambaataa’s blessing, Shadow & Cut dug through The Afrika Bambaataa Master of Records Archive, which was excavated and preserved by Boo-Hooray and now resides as part of the Cornell University Library Hip Hop Collection. Together, they selected 650 pieces of vinyl each from the collection, which they will spin on six turntables backed by a unique visual show to document the imagery incorporating what was happening in the NYC during this time (check out the History of BAM below my signature for a historical perspective). This show will surely go down in the books as another classic historical tour from these two impactful turntablists. If you’ve never caught an event with Shadow & Cut please check out The New York Times review of Hard Sell back in 2008 from the last time these turntablists got together and documented the birth and history of vinyl.
Read the NY Times piece HERE.

History of BAM:

A president who told it to drop dead. An urban planner who mowed his way across its poor neighborhoods. A serial killer who stalked its lovers at random in the night. A blackout that plunged it into darkness and riots. Drugs, violence, unemployment. The late 70s to early 80s were not good to New York City, earning 1977 in particular the dubious title “The Coolest Year in Hell.”
Far removed from the glam of midtown’s discos or radio’s mid-dial pop, downtown punks raged against the mainstream machine while uptown rappers like Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five broke the situation down into a few anthemic bars: “Don’t push me, cuz I’m close to the edge.” Things began to look up in early 1982 when a 12” single hit record stores, airwaves, clubs, and block parties across the Big Apple. Released on the fledgling Tommy Boy label, Afrika Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock” distilled the zeitgeist of the city and its times into seven paradigm-shifting minutes. Using early samplers, beatboxes, and turntables, Bambaataa’s mix of new wave, electro, disco, funk, jazz, and world music changed how musicians and fans thought about music, technology and culture.
Nearly four decades after he first put the needle on one of his more than 40,000 records, Bambaata’s influence resonates with crate-diggers as diverse as California beatmaster Flying Lotus, British bass boss Scuba, Mexican electropunk Toy Selectah, Japanese turntablist DJ Krush and French EDM giants Daft Punk.
In 2013, Cornell University and renowned gallerist Gavin Brown brought Bambaataa’s legacy to a new generation, displaying his iconic vinyl collection in a month long exhibit that invited fans to sort through the records while surprise DJs played impromptu sets. It was a fitting tribute to the man who likely saved both the record business and New York City itself.

 

Tour Dates:

9/1 – Toronto, ON – Guvernment [tickets HERE]
9/3 – Boston, MA – House of Blues [tickets HERE]
9/4 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza [tickets HERE]
 9/6 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts [tickets HERE]
9/8 – Washington, DC – The Fillmore Silver Spring [tickets HERE]
9/9 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage [tickets HERE]
9/11 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte [tickets HERE]
9/12 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft At Center Stage [tickets HERE]
9/14 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues [tickets HERE]
9/16 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues [tickets HERE]
9/18 – Austin, TX – ACL Live [tickets HERE]
9/19 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues [tickets HERE]
9/20 – Houston, TX – House of Blues [tickets HERE]
9/22 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom [tickets HERE]
9/23 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues [tickets HERE]
9/24 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater [tickets HERE]
9/26 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre [tickets HERE]
9/27 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up Aspen [tickets HERE]
9/29 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas [tickets HERE]
10/1 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues [tickets HERE]
10/2 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues [tickets HERE]
10/3 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium [tickets HERE]
10/4 – San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine [tickets HERE]
10/7 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater [tickets HERE]
10/8 – Seattle, WA – Neptune [tickets HERE]
10/9 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom [tickets HERE]

*On view from June 26th through July 26th at Gavin Brown Enterpriseis a major visual overview of early hip hop including artwork,clothing, records and manuscript from Afrika Bambaataa, Buddy Esquire, Joe Conzo and Charlie Ahearn drawn from the Cornell Hip Hop Collection, staged by Johan Kugelberg/Boo-Hooray. More information at www.boo-hooray.com