Digable Planets | Kari Faux | Wiki | Donwill | BRIC Hip-Hop 50 Weekend
BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! @ Lena Horne Bandshell (Prospect Park)
141 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215, USA
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Doors 6:00pm/Show 7:00pm
Digable Planets brings their unapologetically political, Afrofuturist Hip-Hop to the bandshell to celebrate 30 years of their seminal debut Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space). Southern alt-rap darling Kari Faux will perform music from her new album REAL B*TCHES DON’T DIE! for an evening that honors the expansive creativity that’s allowed Hip-Hop to change the world over the last five decades. NYC indie rap ingénue Wiki and beloved Brooklyn DJ and creative Donwill begin the evening.
*Please Note: A limited amount of chairs will be available at this show, but you are also permitted to bring your own. For our d/Deaf and hard of hearing communities, we will have an ASL interpreter at the left side of the stage.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Digable Planets brings their unapologetically political, Afrofuturist Hip-Hop to the Bandshell to celebrate 50 years of the culture. As quintessential Brooklyn transplants, they asserted jazz sampling and a focus on unity across geographies as their unique brand of Hip-Hop exploration. Thirty years after their debut, Digable Planets continues to impact artists across genres and generations -- their albums still inspire, motivate and demonstrate what Hip-Hop can be when it is free, inclusive, and grounded in community.
Arriving on the scene in 2014 with her mixtape Laugh Now, Die Later, Kari Faux has created her own lane of southern rap infused with psych, gospel, pop and hip hop weaved with her thoughtful and playful lyrics. In 2020, Kari released her praised mixtape Lowkey Superstar, which features the stand out tracks "LOOK AT THAT" and "CHATTIN' SHIT." The following year, Kari dropped Lowkey Superstar Deluxe, which Pitchfork described as a "fun-forward mixtape exud[ing] color and energy" and enlisted assistance from friends and artists like Baby Tate, Smino, JID, Jazz Cartier and Deante' Hitchcock.
Kari Faux has shared her new single "TURNIN' HEADS" featuring a verse from the legendary Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. The new song pays homage to the southern rap Kari listened to while growing up in Arkansas laced with a funky bassline and cascading piano complimenting her and Big K.R.I.T.'s vocals. "TURNIN" HEADS" follows Kari's first offering of 2023 "ME FIRST.” Kari’s third LP, “REAL B*TCHES DON’T DIE!,” dropped May 26, garnering resounding excitement and praise. Pitchfork raves that Kari “…showcases the richness of historically Black music.” i-D included “REAL B*TCHES DON’T DIE!” in their list of best spring albums of 2023, noting “The best Southern rappers have long displayed considerable emotional range, and Kari consistently does so here, while still keeping her alternative sensibility intact. “This is for my gangsta bitches that need forehead kisses,” she raps on “Drunk Words Sober Thoughts.”…its exploration of resilience and bereavement is the kind of thing filmmakers spend entire careers trying to capture.”
Wiki has become a fixture of New York City Hip Hop since, at 17 years old, he founded the boundary defying group Ratking, whose aggressive style represented a new generation of city kids and artists, hungry for innovation and raw energy. When painting lyrical pictures of New York scenes one gets a sense of Wiki’s skill as a story teller and visionary. He has solidified his role in carrying the torch for NYC’s master MC’s; representing for the freaks, weirdos, and underbelly culture.
Donwill is a Webby award winning Brooklyn based musician and multi-disciplined creative and while he’s mostly spotted behind the turntables at live events and parties he is much more than just your average DJ. He is also the host/producer of the Webby Award winning podcast The Almanac of Rap and has served as music supervisor on Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas (HBO). He has done music production for several award winning shows including Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO), Slow Burn Podcast (Slate) and continues to release underground classics with his group Tanya Morgan (Brooklynati).
ABOUT BRIC HIP-HOP 50TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND
This summer, we're honored to celebrate alternative Hip-Hop and makers of the culture who aren't always placed centerstage. From Digable Planets' interplanetary political jazz stylings to Kari Faux's eclectic Southern rap to Brown Sugar's love letter to Hip-Hop, we're strolling through the genre's 50 years with an eye toward the margins and the folks who uphold the culture from behind-the-scenes. In addition to a weekend at the Bandshell, we're paying homage to the often invisible but undeniable impact of women, femmes, and queer communities in Hip-Hop through ongoing programming at BRIC House this fall and beyond. We're honoring writers, designers, performers and producers who have kept Hip-Hop expansive and full of kinetic energy since its inception.
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