Rashaad Newsome Explores The History Of Hip Hop Gestures

December 5, 2014 1:59 PM

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Rashaad Newsome Explores The History Of Hip Hop Gestures

In his investigative performance "The Conductor," artist Rashaad Newsome explores the visual language of hip hop, from hand signals to scowls to counting cash. Newsome, whose often explored the glittery intersection of pop and art, transforms a mixed bag of movements into a visual history of contemporary hip hop, a multi-sensory expedition as much visual as aural. The piece will premiere this week as part of the SELECT Fair in Miami Beach.

In 2005 Newsome crafted a survey for New York radio stations Hot 97 and Power 105.1, hoping to determine who were widely considered the biggest MC’s and producers in hip hop. The survey continued until 2012. Taking the findings from his inquiry, Newsome researched over 100 music videos featuring the...

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