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DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist Present Renegades Of Rhythm Tour

June 30, 2014
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DJ SHADOW AND CUT CHEMIST PRESENT RENEGADES OF RHYTHM NATIONWIDE TOUR 
 
VINLY-ONLY TOUR HONORING AFRIKA BAMBAATAA'S INFLUENCE ON HIP HOP'S BEGINNINGS 
Tickets On Sale Friday, June 20, 2014

"Hip-Hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa's records are the most important in the history of the genre; the patient zero whose breadth of genres influenced, knowingly or not, every subsequent DJ and hip-hop producer."  ROLLING STONE
"I would consider Bambaataa to be one of the three biggest musical influences in my life, along with Grandmaster Flash and Kurtis Mantronik," Shadow tells Rolling Stone. "He was a DJ with a vision and a sense of purpose, with a desire for social change. He wanted to use the music to help foster a revolution, and the reverberations of this concept are still being felt today, and probably will be forever. His ability to embrace and incorporate all different types of music and art, and contextualize them with a hip-hop mentality, is what the entire culture is based on." DJ Shadow on Afrika Bambaataa in Rolling Stone

Read the full exclusive interview HERE  Artwork by Paul Insect.
 
Music fans are in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience when turntablists supreme DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist celebrate the legacy of Hip-Hop vanguard and Universal Zulu Nation founder, Afrika Bambaataa on their Renegades of Rhythm tour this fall.

“This has never been done before, definitely not on this scale. They’re HIS records, with his blessings. This isn’t just ANY copy of ‘X’ breakbeat, it’s THE copy, THE copy that started everything. Not just any records, the MASTER OF RECORDS' records.” - DJ Shadow.

Using only vinyl pulled from Afrika Bambaataa’s historic collection – over 40,000 strong and permanently archived at Cornell University – DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist aim to present Bambaataa’s legacy in all its genre-busting and socially-minded complexity. DJ Shadow states, “His collection includes not just Soul and Rap, but also Soca, Calypso, Dub, Salsa…it’s obvious that this music was important to him, and it’s reflected in his own music. For example, when the Soulsonic Force is singing an African chant, it actually comes from a Manu Dibango record. That’s when being a crate-digger comes in handy – you have to be able to pick up on the references and reiterate them.”

Johan Kugelberg, who in 2007 established the Cornell Hip Hop Archive, and a member of Zulu Nation, brought the idea of this tour to Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow, and introduced the two to Afrika Bambaataa. "Hip Hop ultimately is multi-generational and communicative, and an ongoing grassroots network" he says. "This tour will bring together hip hop fans over generations."

Sorting through the collection with this holistic aim in mind was daunting. “The first sort was to make sure we didn’t leave anything important behind. We definitely over-pulled,” adds Cut Chemist. To help them narrow their selections, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist focused on the appearance of the records themselves, “It was pretty clear what he played a lot and what he didn’t. The sure-shots were covered with tape and the jackets were beautifully tattered; that made it easier after a while to pull records.”

“The program will be multifaceted,” DJ Shadow explains. “Bambaataa as artist, exploring the influence of his classics like ‘Planet Rock;’ Bambaataa as collector, and the genre-defining breaks he discovered; and Bambaataa as peacemaker and force for social change. He influenced an entire generation worldwide, so we feel a great obligation to get it right.”

Naturally, it was paramount to the two DJ’s that the tour have the full blessing and support of Afrika Bambaataa himself. “I call on all who love Hip-Hop to come out, see them, hear them,” says the Godfather. “My story is our history in DJing.”

The Renegades of Rhythm tour will use six turntables and a variety of real-time effects. “It adds another performance level, real-time sampling from the record that’s being played,” says Cut Chemist. Visuals for the tour will be supplied by acclaimed video director, multimedia producer and regular DJ Shadow collaborator Ben Stokes. The tour is produced by Jamal Chalabi and Backlash Management.

The tour may be rooted in a historic vinyl collection, but both DJs are quick to point out that people should not come to this expecting strictly an ‘old-school’ set. As DJ Shadow sums it up, “DJ Shadow + Cut Chemist + Bambaataa’s records + his blessings: it’s going to be epic. That’s all you really need to know.” Or, as Afrika Bambaataa puts it, “DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist are going to blow your funky mind.”


Renegades Of Rhythm
Tour Dates
(More Dates TBA / Ticket Links Below)

9/1 - Toronto, ON - Guvernment [tickets on sale HERE]
9/3 - Boston, MA - House of Blues [tickets HERE
9/4 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza [tickets HERE]
9/6 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts [presale tickets HERE]
9/8 - Washington, DC - The Fillmore Silver Spring [tickets HERE]
9/9 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage [tickets HERE]
9/11 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte [tickets HERE]
9/12 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft At Center Stage [tickets HERE]
9/14 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues [tickets HERE]
9/16 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues [tickets HERE]
9/18 - Austin, TX - ACL Live [tickets HERE]
9/19 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues [tickets HERE]
9/20 - Houston, TX - House of Blues [tickets HERE]
9/22 - Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom [tickets HERE]
9/23 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues [tickets HERE]
9/24 - Minneapolis, MN - Skyway Theater [tickets HERE]
9/26 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre [tickets HERE]
9/27 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen [tickets HERE]
9/29 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas [tickets HERE]
10/1 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues [tickets HERE]
10/2 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues [tickets HERE]
10/3 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium [tickets HERE]
10/7 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater [tickets HERE]
10/8 - Seattle, WA - Neptune [tickets HERE]
10/9 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom [tickets HERE]
*On view from June 26th through July 26th at Gavin Brown Enterpriseis a major visual overview of early hip hop including artwork,clothing, records and manuscript from Afrika Bambaataa, Buddy Esquire, Joe Conzo and Charlie Ahearn drawn from the Cornell Hip Hop Collection, staged by Johan Kugelberg/Boo-Hooray. More information at www.boo-hooray.com  
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