Celebrating with a movement's icons
Hip hop isn't just music, it's a culture.
That much will be evident in Ithaca April 4-7 when icons from the birth of the cultural movement descend upon our city to share their experiences. A who’s who list of the people who created hip hop music, graffiti writing and b-boying/b-girling (commonly known as breakdancing) will be on hand to talk about the importance of its elements, what led to its creation and how it has evolved.
Ben Ortiz, assistant curator for the Cornell Hip Hop Collection, said the unveiling of “Now Scream!” has been in the works for the past two years and as the CHHC got closer to the exhibition opening, they learned of the Tompkins County Public Library’s interest in putting something together about hip hop.
“We decided about a year ago to join forces and put together an entire weekend of events,” Ortiz said, “to continue to put Ithaca on the map, so to speak, for the hip hop community worldwide.”