In an event sponsored by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (slated to open on the Mall in 2015), Common, Kurtis Blow, and the editors of the new 800+ page tome, The Anthology of Rap, Adam Bradley and Andrew DuBois, will participate in a panel discussion on “the emergence of rap lyrics as a social, political and cultural currency worldwide.”
The event will be at the Lincoln Theater (next door to Ben’s Chili Bowl on U St.) on November 16th at 7pm. It is a free event, but tickets are required. They will be available for pick-up at the the Lincoln Theatre Box Office on a first-come, first-serve basis Monday, November 15, 11:00am – 5:00pm and Tuesday, November 16 – 10:00 am 2:00pm.
Also of interest regarding this book, NPR has an interview with New York Magazine’s book critic, Sam Anderson, that I thought was really fun. He recently reviewed the anthology as literature, but has had little-to-no exposure to rap music in his life. They get his impressions as he listens to the songs for the first time.