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    Davey D Report: Hip-hoppers on the Cutting Edge
    By Davey D


    In the past few weeks, the Bay Area has been the most progressive hip-hop
    region in the country, bucking the status quo and laying the groundwork for
    further progress.

    There was the Chess Kings Invitational Tournament on Oct. 13 at the San
    Francisco Design Center, which involved stars such as RZA and GZA of the Wu-Tang
    Clan (see my Oct. 25 column).

    Then there was the Youth Speaks Living Word Festival, Oct. 6-Nov. 3 at
    several area venues. One of its accomplishments was bringing hip-hop pioneers here
    to take part in panels and workshops, sharing their wisdom and offering
    their perspectives to up-and-coming artists. The veterans included Pop Master
    Fable of the Rock Steady Crew, Grandmaster Caz, who wrote many of the lyrics for
    the landmark record "Rapper's Delight," and hip-hop's first Grammy winner,
    Grandmixer DST, the pioneering DJ who help put together the song "Rock It"
    with jazz great Herbie Hancock.

    Kool Herc, known as the "Father of Hip-Hop," attended the opening-night
    performance Oct. 25 of the incredible hip-hop play "Scourge," starring the Bay
    Area's own Marc Bamuthi Joseph. This multimedia production had been selling out
    all around the country, and its homecoming performances took place at ODC
    Theater in San Francisco through Nov. 3.

    Joseph, an accomplished dancer and spoken-word artist originally from Haiti,
    used hip-hop and new-media technology to present the history of his island
    nation and the ongoing challenges it faces. At its conclusion, the packed
    opening-night house gave a standing ovation. Most compelling perhaps was the
    dance depicting the Haitians' defeat of French slave masters to win the island's

    Kool Herc capped the opening-night festivities by doing a DJ set with former
    James Brown band drummer Clyde Stubblefield, known for his work on the song
    "Funky Drummer," said to be the most sampled record in history and a major
    building block for hip-hop. Seeing Herc, who is still muscular and solid at age
    55, and Stubblefield collaborating on the same stage was the stuff of
    legend. Herc played vintage break beats on vinyl, while Stubblefield accompanied
    him on drums and then improvised solos.

    Herc also proudly displayed a recent proclamation from the U.S. House of
    Representatives paying tribute to him and the site of the first hip-hop party,
    1520 Sedgwick Ave. in the West Bronx. Herc's older sister,the mother of Hip
    Hop Cindy Campbell, who also appeared at ODC, is leading a campaign to get
    that building designated as a historic landmark.

    Mos Def appeared Sunday before a standing-room-only crowd at the African
    American Art & Culture Complex in the Fillmore district of San Francisco. He led
    an impassioned discussion of the political turmoil surrounding the recent
    arrest of former Black Panther members, now known as the San Francisco 8.
    Accompanying him were three SF8 members Harold Taylor, Richard Brown and Richard
    O'Neal, who broke down the history of the Panthers, the importance of serving
    the community and the sordid legacy of "COINTELPRO," a series of FBI
    counter-intelligence programs started by longtime director J. Edgar Hoover in the
    1950s and designed to disrupt and destroy the Black Panthers and other
    organizations. The SF8 say they are facing new charges relating to crimes for which
    they were acquitted more than 30 years ago, noting that Patriot Act legislation
    and funding opened the door.

    Mos Def reminded hip-hop artists they must be worthy role models and must
    understand that when one person is hurting, we are all hurting. His remarks
    were met with thunderous applause, and I left thinking it's too bad he isn't
    running for president.

    Davey D's hip-hop column is published biweekly in Eye. Contact him at
    _mrdaveyd@aol.com_ (mailto:mrdaveyd@aol.com)
    . Davey D's Hip Hop History Quiz#1(November 2007)

    In honor of Hip Hop History month we wanted to drop you our pop quiz to test
    your skillz.See if you can tackle these questions. If not then break out
    some books and step your history game up.

    Davey D

    1)Who is the punk rock icon that worked with the Sex Pistols and later
    helped lay the foundation for Hip Hop in the UK? Hint: He released a huge song in
    the early 1980s.

    2)What famous pioneering emcee was nicknamed 'the crowd pleaser' because of
    his famous call and response routines. Hint he was the first emcee for
    Grandmaster Flash.

    3)Before the female group Salt-N-Pepa came along there was pioneering male
    duo that was dubbed Salt-N-Pepper. Who were they? Hint: They started out as
    original members of the Cold Crush Brothers.

    4)Too Short is considered a West Coast pioneer who used to make custom tapes
    for local hustlers and d-boys. Too Short was not a solo act, he had a
    rhyming partner that used to make and hustle those tapes with him. Who was Too
    Shorts early pioneering partner?


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