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Past the Mic: Time Travelers and MCs

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291 Church Street

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As a genre, rap is built on allusion. In order to parse hip hop lyrics, the listener has to be master of a huge corpus of historical, personal and cultural narratives that are often combined and juxtaposed within a single bar. The effect is to collapse time: the song exists in a space that has access to all points of the speaker’s personal and generational history. With How to Travel in Time exhibition curator, SI Rosenbaum, The Legendary Cyphers will discuss how time functions in hip hop lyrics and then drop some bars.

Legendary Cyphers is a movement that started back in 2013 founded by MC/ Activist Daniel "Majesty" Sanchez. Who unfortunately passed away in October of 2016. The rest of the team which consists of Miky, bjorn majestik, Eli black and palladium philoz are keeping his movement and legacy going. For a few hours every week- 8-12 pm every Friday night from May to November- the southwest platform of Union Square Park is transformed from one of many busy New York city corners, into a creative space that elevates free expression, originality, and raw hip hop in its purest form. Knowledge is shared, cultures are connected and community is born. The cypher is, in its simplest form, a group of artists exchanging ideas in rhyme. Look deeper and you’ll see an environment come to life- one we all build together. In this environment, all voices are appreciated, everyone is accepted and all are welcomed.

How to Travel in Time is on view from November 8- December 22, 2018.

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