Two hundred years after the American Revolution ignited Boston, a sonic revolution shook the streets of the South Bronx with the birth of hip hop. Hip hop’s beats and rhymes take up the unresolved debates and open questions of the American Revolution – How are our voices heard? What should liberty look and sound like? What does it mean to be free? – galvanizing new generations to fight for their own answers to these questions.
Like America, hip hop is defiantly independent, doggedly insistent on place, seeking out freedom within the rules it sets out for itself, always working toward its unperfected promise. To examine hip hop is to have a new set of tools for understanding the Revolution and its legacies for all of us. Join us for an evening of hip-hop performance and conversation with conscious hip-hop artists The Reminders and Tem Blessed, moderated by New York Times bestselling author Adam Bradley.