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Oh Snap! West Coast Hip Hop Photography

Oh Snap! West Coast Hip Hop Photography presents a focused selection of photographs that explore one of the most influential musical genres and cultural movements of the last quarter century: Hip Hop. Centering on the unique style developed on the West Coast of the United States, and particularly in California, this exhibition highlights the dynamic array of Hip Hop artists that gained national prominence in the 1990s, including Ice Cube, YoYo, Tupac, and E-40. Oh Snap! features more than forty works by an array of renowned photographers: Michael Miller, author of West Coast Hip Hop: A History in Pictures (2011); creative industry professional Carl Posey; Ernie Paniccioli, member of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame and considered Hip Hop royalty; Estevan Oriol, the internationally celebrated photographer and director; and Paul Chan, former Art Director for Kronick Magazine. The first of its kind to be organized at CAAM, this exhibition pays homage to the distinct flavor, evolution, and influence of West Coast Hip Hop music.

Photo Gallery
Exhibition Programs

Saturday, July 16, 2016, 2:00pm
Dance Activity - Soul Line Dancing with J&J: Hip Hop Flavor

Join us at CAAM and do something fun and healthy at the same time. Learn some of the most popular soul line dances with J&J Soulful Steps as you groove to Hip Hop-inspired sounds. The class is great for beginners and experienced line dancers alike. Come do something good for your body, enjoy yourself, socialize, and tap into your soul! Dances include the Cali Bounce, the Gangster Slide, and more. Click here to RSVP or call 213.744.2024.

Saturday, July 23, 2016, 2:00pm
Presentation, Q&A - Women of the L.A. ‘Undergrind’: Female Artists Creating Alternatives to Mainstream Hip Hop’s Plastic Ceiling

Ethnomusicologist Birgitta Johnson revisits the deafening absence of female hip-hop artists in mainstream popular music, as well as the efforts of skilled artists daring to have a voice in a commercial genre that currently lacks a significant chorus of female perspectives. Johnson will explore the myths about female hip-hop performers that have fostered a virtual gender lockout in mainstream hip-hop. She will also describe the response of female artists to being underrepresented, including how technology has empowered them to sidestep limitations and create alternative paths for artistic expression. Click here to RSVP or call 213.744.2024.

Dr. Birgitta Johnson is a joint appointed Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology in the School of Music and in the African American Studies Program at the University of South Carolina. She specializes in African American and African music and her research interests include music and worship in African American churches; musical change and identity in Black popular music; music in African American megachurches; world music; and community archiving. A multi-instrumentalist, she has performed professionally with artists and ensembles from a variety of genres including the Southeast Symphony Orchestra of Metropolitan Los Angeles, the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Francisco Aguabella’s AfroCuban Folkloric Group, and the ESPY Awards with Justin Timberlake, Talib Kweli, The O’Jays, Yolanda Adams, and BeBe Winans. She has published articles in the Black Music Research Journal, The British Forum for Ethnomusicology, and The Grove Dictionary of American Music.

Sunday, July 24, 2016, 2:00pm
Film Screening - Mac Dre: Legend of the Bay (2015, 61 min.)

Bay Area rapper Mac Dre began his career at 18 and quickly became an influential force in early west coast hip-hop. In 1992 he was convicted of conspiracy to commit bank robbery when his lyrics were used against him in court. He left prison with a new lease on life, founded an independent record company, and then was murdered just when he began to emerge as a star. For the first time ever, his mother Wanda reveals the true experiences of a hip-hop legend. Parental Advisory for some strong language. Click here to RSVP or call 213.744.2024.