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  1. Cameron Keys

    Since readers might think this post is utter fluff, consider another story from today’s headlines. Neil de Grasse Tyson is teaming up with GZA from the Wu-Tang Clan and violinist Marco Vitali on an album called “Dark Matter”. It is absolutely “hip-hop” to explore radical evolution. GZA’s compatriot in the Wu-Tang Clan, RZA, has an alter-ego named Bobby Digital. In fact, hip-hop is chock-full of artists who explicitly contextualize their material with futurist motifs. Perhaps more than any other genre. Think of Afrikaa Bambaataa. George Clinton’s legacy. This is a deep cultural phenomena.

    For many readers, seeking the cream of the crop in hip-hop is a tedious exercise. For every gem of futures-creative art, there are likely to be so many imitations and flop projects. Nevertheless, for those who know, hip-hop will act as an antennae for the experimental imagination.

    In the immortal words of Kool Keith aka Dr. Octogon aka Black Elvis: “Rap moves on to the year 3000.”



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