Hip Hop is the art of taking the old and neglected and making it new and cool. In the 1970s, when Hip Hop music was first invented, people were getting tired of the over-commercialized, sugary disco music that was popular at the time. Young DJs in the South Bronx started digging through their parent’s record collections, garage sales, and second-hand shops looking for music that was more authentic, organic, and raw. They found Soul, Funk, and Rock records by artists like The Winstons, James Brown, and Billy Squier and started playing them at parties. People responded well to those records, but the songs that really got people dancing were the ones that had sections known as “the breaks,” where the music would breakdown to just the drums.
The game changer came when DJ Kool Herc started extending the breaks by using two turntables and two of the same record. As one break ended on the first record, he’d bring it in again on the second record, or switch to a break from another song. This kept the energy and dancing going, which made Kool Herc’s parties the best. They grew more and more, and quickly other DJs started adopting and developing his technique. For the first time, turntables and records were being used as musical instruments that could manipulate and combine sounds in new and exciting ways. Over time, samplers, drum machines, computer software, and other technology made the process more versatile and accessible, and now the possibilities are endless. This has spawned hundreds of sub-genres based around the foundation of Hip Hop music - samples and beats.
“Hip Hop DNA” is a celebration of the music and people who helped define the sound of American popular culture, from Nina Simone, George Clinton, and Kraftwerk, to Dr. Dre, Pharrell Williams, and Metro Boomin. This live performance will illustrate the evolution and interconnectedness of five decades of music and dance, while exploring the influences of African, Latin, European, and Eastern traditions. Hip Hop is about expressing individuality, making your own lane, and challenging the status quo, but it is also rooted in community-building, bridging gaps, and passing on knowledge to the next generation. In an increasingly divided world, Hip Hop is one of the few spaces where people of all ages, races, genders, and backgrounds can come together, create, and co-exist freely and equally - One Nation Under a Groove.
Kiran Vedula, also known as Q the Sun, is a musician and youth advocate from Milwaukee specializing in composition and production, live performance, and media-based mentorship. He has been an active producer and performer for the past 15 years, working closely with top notch artists and organizations locally, nationally, and abroad.
The mission of Cue The Sun is to celebrate and explore the rich musical history/tradition of Hip Hop culture and its wide ranging influence on American culture as a whole.
To bring together a diverse group of Milwaukee-based musicians, vocalists, and dancers, and the community around the common goal of building connections and hope through an entertaining and educational experience.
Sep. 13, 2019 7:30 PM
Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall
929 N Water St
Milwaukee, WI 53202
2 hours 0 minute