City Life Org – The Apollo Presents Lyricist Lounge 30th Anniversary, One Night Only Celebration
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Saturday, April 16 at 8:00 p.m. EST
Featuring KRS-One, Kid Capri, Talib Kweli, Rah Digga, Grand Puba, Bahamadia, Buckshot, Mr. Cheeks and more
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the legendary hip-hop showcase, the Lyricists’ lounge, the Apollo will bring together iconic producers, DJs and rappers from the 90s to today, live and in person on Saturday, April 16 at 8:00 p.m. EST. For one night only, the concert will feature a slew of iconic artists, including KRS One, Kid Capri, Talib Kweli, Grand Puba, Rah Digga, Buckshot, Mr. Cheeks, CL Smooth, and Bahamian among others to come. Lyricist Lounge began in 1991 as a regular gathering of some of New York’s top underground MCs and has grown to become one of hip hop’s most recognized platforms, showcasing newcomers and veterans on national concert tours. , albums, documentaries and the popular 2000 MTV comedy series. The lyricist’s lounge. Tickets are on sale now at www.ApolloTheater.org.
“Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of hip hop, so it’s only fitting that Apollo celebrates the Lyricist Lounge and the artists who have inspired the culture,” said Executive Producer Kamilah Forbes. “Apollo has a long history of showcasing hip hop and providing a platform for its artists, and many of the artists joining Lyricist Lounge next month performed on the Apollo Stage early in their careers, and we are thrilled to have them back as we celebrate and pay tribute to their artistry and the world-leading impact they all have had.
the Lyricist’s Lounge was originally founded by Danny Castro and Anthony Marshall as a safe space for Hip Hop artists to hone their skills, but quickly evolved into an integral part of Hip Hop history. For 30 years, Lyricist’s Lounge is known for its ability to select and present genuine, high-quality talent. As the soul of American culture, bringing together artists from across the African Diaspora, the Apollo has given a platform to some of the world’s biggest hip-hop icons, including A Tribe Called Quest, Nas and, more recently, Wyclef Jean, as well as encouraging emerging talents in the genre.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
KRS-A (“Knowledge Reigns Supreme”) is a New York born and raised rapper, lyricist and activist. He first rose to prominence as a member of the hip hop group Boogie Down Productions, which he founded with the late DJ Scott La Rock in the mid-1980s. Following La Rock’s sudden loss, KRS- One started the Stop the Violence movement. Dubbed by Rolling Stone the “conscience of hip-hop” and with more than 20 album credits to his name, KRS-One has built a career by staying true to the original principles of hip-hop: peace, love , unity and security. Amusing. His latest album, IMAMCRU 1 2, was released last February.
Child Capri, originally from the Bronx, is a Grammy-winning DJ and producer. He has collaborated with artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, Salt-N-Peppa, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Aaliyah, on multiple albums, tracks and live shows, and appeared on major networks and series such as BET , VH1, and Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam. Kid Capri was inducted into the Bronx Hall of Fame in 2021 and recently released his first album in over 20 years titled The Love.
Talib Kweli, originally from Brooklyn, burst onto the scene with fellow Brooklynite Mos Def in 1997, when they formed the band Black Star. Kweli has since released acclaimed solo work and collaborated with legends like Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Just Blaze, J Dilla and Madlib. In 2011 Kweli founded Javotti Media, an independent media company, and also hosts two podcasts. Kweli has centered activism throughout her career, appearing as a guest on platforms like The Tonight Show to speak on issues of injustice and police brutality. His latest album, Gotham, was released last year.
Grand Puba is an American rapper from New Rochelle, New York. He first rose to prominence as a member of Masters of Ceremony, whose 1988 album Dynamite received critical acclaim. He is best known, however, as the main emcee of the band Brand Nubian. Grand Puba have collaborated with a number of artists over the years, including Missy Elliot, Beanie Sigal and Ugly Duckling. His latest solo album, Black from the Future, was released in 2016.
rah digga, originally from New Jersey, participated as an MC in several hip-hop groups in her early days until she was spotted in a window display at the Lyricist Lounge, which led to her inclusion in the Flipmode Squad, a hip-hop group led by Busta Rhymes. She collaborated on tracks with artists such as Eve, The Fugees and Bahamadia on the 1998 album Lyricist Lounge, Vol. 1. In 2003 and 2009, she was featured in the documentary films Queens of Hip Hop and Say My Name alongside Erykah Badu, Remy Ma, and MC Lyte, among others.
CL Smooth, originally from New York, is a rapper, emcee, actor and activist. He is best known as the vocal half of hip hop duo Pete Rock & CL Smooth, who debuted in 1991 with their album All Souled Out. Since then, CL Smooth has released two solo albums and collaborated on countless tracks with other industry heavyweights such as Run-DMC, John Legend and The Roots. He recently released a single in 2019 called “Just in Town”. Additionally, Smooth has leveraged her activism platform, encouraging voter mobilization and raising her voice in the fight against climate change.
Bahamian is from Philadelphia. Her late ’90s radio show “Bahamadia’s B Sides” introduced underground and under-recognized talent to listeners, and she collaborated with artists including Lauryn Hill, The Roots, Talib Kweli and more.
Buckshot was born and raised in Brooklyn and started rapping in neighborhood codes at an early age. Buckshot fronted hip-hop groups Black Moon and Boot Camp Clik and founded the Duck Down Music label. He has worked with artists such as Tupac, Aaliyah, KRS-One, 9th Wonder and Mobb Deep, among others.
Mr. Cheeks is best known for his block party anthems as the rapper of Queens-based band Lost Boyz. Establishing a solo career in the early 2000s, his first solo album, John P. Kelly, featured his hit single “Lights, Camera, Action!”. He has worked with artists such as Stephen Marley, Mario Winans and Lil’ Kim.
Tickets for the Lyricist Lounge 30th Anniversary Celebration are $45 per person. To purchase tickets for the Lyricist Lounge and all other Apollo Winter/Spring 2022 events, visit www.ApolloTheater.org.
The health and safety of our audience, performers and staff is Apollo’s top priority. Please note that all attendees must present government-issued photo identification prior to entry and show a completed FDA or WHO cleared vaccination cord for COVID-19 (dated at least 14 days before the show). Proof of vaccination can be displayed on smartphones. Proof of vaccination may also include a CDC vaccination card (or photo), NYC vaccination record, or official vaccination record from outside of New York or the United States. Photo ID for children under 12 will not be required if accompanied by parents/guardians with government-issued photo ID. All attendees are required to wear masks inside the theater and eating or drinking is prohibited. For a complete list of Apollo’s COVID-19 safety protocols, please visit www.ApolloTheater.org.
The legendary Apollo Theater, the soul of American culture, plays a vital role in nurturing emerging artists and launching legends. Since its founding, the Apollo has served as a center of innovation and a creative catalyst for Harlem, New York City and the world.
With music at its heart, Apollo’s programming spans dance, theatre, spoken word and more. This includes the world premiere of the theatrical adaptation of Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates and the New York premiere of the opera We Shall Not Be Moved; special programs such as the hit Bruno Mars Live concert at the Apollo; 100: The Apollo Celebrates Ella; and the annual Africa Now! Festival. The non-profit Apollo Theater is a performing arts presenter, curator and collaborator that also produces festivals and large-scale dance and music works organized around a core set of initiatives that celebrate and extend Apollo’s legacy through a contemporary lens, including Women of the World (WOW) as well as other multidisciplinary collaborations with partner organizations.
Since the introduction of the first Amateur Night competitions in 1934, the Apollo has served as a testing ground for new artists working in a variety of art forms and ushered in the emergence of many new musical genres, notably jazz. , swing, bebop, R&B, gospel. , blues, soul and hip-hop. Among the countless legendary performers who launched their careers at the Apollo are Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, HER, D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, Machine Gun Kelly and Miri Ben Ari; and Apollo’s forward-looking artistic vision continues to build on this legacy. For more information on Apollo, visit www.ApolloTheater.org.