YBCA's "Clas/sick Hip-Hop: 1993 Edition" Takes It Back To The End of The Golden Era

Posted by Billyjam, October 30, 2014 03:50pm | Post a Comment

San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) presents the retro hip-hop event Clas/sick Hip-Hop: 1993 Edition for two nights only on November 7th and 8th. This event takes it back to what most consider to be the final year of hip-hop's so-called Golden Era (1988 to 1993) - a time before hip-hop became hugely and crassly commercialized.

Under the curation of YBCA's Chief of Programs and Pedagogy Marc Bamuthi Joseph, this new show continues the theme of his 2012  Clas/sick Hip-Hop series. One of my personal favorite years in hip-hop history, 1993 produced incredible hip-hop releases from such artists as A Tribe Called Quest (Midnight Marauders inspired the poster for the YBCA show), Ultramagnetic MC's, Tha Alkaholiks, The Coup, Black Moon, KRS-One, Wu-Tang Clan, Poor Righteous Teachers, Diamond D, Lords of The Underground, ONYX, De La Soul, Masta Ace Inc., Jeru the Damaja, Digable Planets, Volume 10, Cypress Hill, Brand Nubian, and Del the Funky Homosapien and his fellow Oakland Hiero crew mates  Souls of Mischief who released their landmark debut 93 Til Infinity that year.

Souls of Mischief "93 Til Infinity" (1993)

In honor of YBCA's 1993 celebration (coincidentally, 1993 was the year that the cultural center opened),  there will be two nights of live music, dance performances, and classes, plus film and video presentations. Scheduled to perform are Ensemble Mik Nawooj and the Kev Choice Ensemble with 25 guest emcees including Zumbi of Zion I, Sayknowledge, Erk Tha Jerk, Felonious, Aima the Dreamer, and Ryan Nicole, plus the a cappella chorus Young Gifted & Black. The dancers performing are from the 50 Cent Tabernacle. Video design is by David Szlasa. Additionally, local party rocking DJs most familiar with that era - including Davey D, Kevvy Kev, Sake One, Dion Decibels, and DJ Fuze - will throw down a dance party of golden era classics. There's also the ancillary film series and dance classes which, provided you can take it all in over the two nights, will make for a most intense and culturally rich celebration.


A Tribe Called Quest "Award Tour" (1993)


Curator Marc Joseph said, "The first Clas/sick Hip-Hop that we did challenged post hip-hop movement practitioners to perform their work to classical music. To take the vocabulary and orient it within a more traditional set of musical signatures so that we could see the work both in its context and out of its musical element,position the body [of work] in a different kind of way…we're thinking about how this cultural form, which emerges out of its creation myth in the late '60s and very early '70s, has engaged both unwittingly and consciously with this idea of contemporary art. Again, by rephrasing or repositioning, in this case the music within a classical context, in the same way we can look at visual art and chart the sculptural and sort of aesthetic evolution of visual art, we can do the same thing with all music."


Ultramagnetic MC's "Two Brothers With Checks (San Francisco, Harvey)"  (1993)


Clas/sick Hip-Hop: 1993 Edition
happens Friday, November 7th and Saturday, November 8th
2014 at YBCA.  Tickets range from $25 to $30 in advance and $30 to $35 at the door.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is located at 701 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.
Tickets and more information: 415.978.2787;