For all those who enjoy classic hip-hop beats and rhymes, Keepers of the Art presents its Classic Emcee Concert Series featuring Hip- Hop legend Edo G on Saturday March 18, at the Stage Door at EJ Thomas Hall, located on the campus of the University of Akron. General admission is $15. To purchase tickets on line, visit www.uaevents.com.
The concert is also the official kick-off for Keepers’ Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise money for its September 2017 “Hip-Hop Preservation Project” (HHPP). The HHPP is a weekend full of events consisting of concerts, lectures, discussions, workshops and competitions designed to act as a catalyst for an international movement designed to counteract the commercialization of hip-hop music through the re-education and re-introduction of hip-hop culture’s original worldview, history and its original elements on a community-based level.
Boston Hip-Hop legend Edo G has nothing left to prove. With his pair of debut singles “I Gotta Have It” and “Be a Father to Your Child” in 1991, Edo introduced himself to the world as a unique MC, one able to deliver both sharp social commentary and reality- based raps with slick rhymes and wit to spare.
Having collaborated with legends like DJ Premier, Pete Rock and Masta Ace over a two-decade career, his status in the game is undisputed. But on “A Face in the Crowd,” Edo returns to mark the 20-year anniversary of his first album with a hunger to bring real hip-hop back to the forefront. Led by the single “ I Was There,” his Boston-based Special Teamz Crew of Jaysaun (Kreators) and Slaine (La Coka Nostra), the album features guest appearances from Bishop Lamont, Chali 2Na, and M1 (dead prez), with production from DJ Premier, Statik Selektah, Explizit One, M Phases, The Breaks, Young Cee and others.
Founded in 2006, Keepers of the Art is an arts, media education and urban entertainment company designed to provide cutting-edge culturally and socially relevant programming. The organization is committed to spreading diversity, enhancing pride and promoting the social and mental well-being through media education, entertainment and the arts; while working to bring down barriers by bringing different groups of people together through the passion for music, art and education.