“Hip-hop has a real focus on authenticity, but I hadn’t seen the authentic martial arts combined with hip-hop. As a martial artist coming into hip-hop, I really felt like I was embodying the mantra of rap is a martial art.” – Philippe Prosper
SHAOLIN JAZZ got a chance this week to chop it up with internationally decorated kung-fu artist and rapper, Philippe Prosper, aka Rap is A Martial Art.
Had a chance to work with Sean Price, at the start of his career when he went by Ruck (1/2 of Heltah Skeltah), the summer of 1996. I interned for Kalodge Projects (producers of the famed Lyricist Lounge), in NYC, and one of my first big projects was helping to coordinate a photo-shoot for a streetwear line called Head-Hunter. I was/am a huge Duck Down fan, I’d been following Heltah Skeltah, their first album had dropped and I thought they fit the brand’s aesthetic. Blue trusted my judgement in bringing them to the table, the shoot took place at a roof top in Brooklyn (before it was trendy), and the photos fit the vision of the shoot perfectly. Throughout the shoot, Sean P’s personality shown thru, like it has in all of his music, interviews, sound bytes, etc…non-stop jokes, a sharp creativity, and a raw edge. riP
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DJ 2-Tone Jones of the SHAOLIN JAZZ Project was in Lebanon conducting DJ mastery workshops, along with a team of artists from Words Beats & Life, Inc. who specialize in other core disciplines of Hip-Hop. The programming was conducted in the city of Tripoli in conjunction with a local Hip-Hop association known as Cross Arts.
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The next installment in our Hip-Hop Happy Hour series sees us paying tribute to one of our favorite Wu-Tang and rap artists, period, GHOSTFACE KILLAH. This Wednesday July 2nd, at Lounge of 3 (1013 Ust St NW), 5pm-9pm, specialty cocktail “Camay,” DJ 2-Tone Jones will ONLY spin GHOSTFACE darts. To RSVP click here and to check out the other flyers and posters click Read the rest of this entry
Earlier this year I talked to 2-Tone about the idea of doing a SHAOLIN JAZZ event series in DC, as all of our lectures, events, etc. take place outside of the DMV (which is where we’re based), and the idea of screening Kung-Fu films and playing classic hip-hop came to mind. Its a simple concept akin to all lovers of hip-hop and Kung-Fu flics (there’s always been this very organic connection between the two) – those week or weekend nights where everyone gathers at one friend’s crib to eat, watch, drink, listen, freestyle (not all in that order) and the idea of doing CAN I KICK IT? was birthed.
Join us for the launch of CAN I KICK IT? – a unique, monthly event series catered to lovers of Martial Arts flicks, the music inspired by the films, and everything else in between. Starting Thursday June 26th (and taking place the 4th Tuesday of every month) @ Marvin, 6pm-9pm, CAN I KICK IT? will consist of two films being screened throughout the venue with attendees also enjoying a soundtrack of Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul and cinema soundbites mixed live by DJ 2-Tone Jones. SHAOLIN JAZZ artwork and additional visuals on display as well.
Simply put, The Happy Hour is Dead – De La Soul Tribute was on point. Lots of friends and fam (more than we expected) came through to celebrate De La’s catalog, making Thursday look like a Saturday.
Shouts to all those that attended, thanks to Mo, Reggie, Gene, and Jeremy (1920 DC) for once again holding us down, Madison Davenport for the PR/marketing support, and all those that helped spread the word (Facebook, twitter, etc).
Our next happy hour will be in April and trust me when I tell you that we won’t disappoint.
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