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R.A. and AFRO: Multiple Choice Underground Hip Hop

R.A. and AFRO: Multiple Choice Underground Hip Hop

R.A. and AFRO: Multiple Choice Underground Hip Hop

R.A. and AFRO: Multiple Choice Underground Hip Hop

Sun, Jan 29, 2017, 8:00pm
  • Multiple Choice Events
  • August Wilson Center

Your Night, You Decide
Select one, select them all. You own the night with Multiple Choice Events:
[A] See a show
[B] Go to a party
[C] Grab a bite at our indoor Food Hall, or
[D] All of the above.

First up, starting at 4:00pm is a Bboy/Bgirl competition featuring local and national breakers. The competition format will be 2 vs. 2 with prize monies of up to $400, trophies and tickets to a future Multiple Choice event. There will be open dance cyphers all night, so you’ll have a chance to show off your moves even if you are not competing. 

Or, join us at 8:00 p.m. when we take the battle to the stage for the semi-final and final round followed by a performance with current and future legends of hip-hop, R.A. the Rugged Man and A-F-R-O.

Few artists are ever as controversial as they are influential. New York legend R.A. the Rugged Man has lived up to such a moniker by simultaneously inspiring generations of rappers while being banned from every major record label’s offices and even barred from performing during the late-90s underground explosion. But by combining the authenticity of his undeniably rugged life with his undisputed mic skills and understanding of the genre as a Hip-Hop historian, his music has both survived and thrived, setting a standard for “Real MCs” that few have ever attempted to match. R.A. pioneered the truly independent indie-rap hustle, pressing his own vinyl singles and racking up one of the most impressive resumes in Rap history. Legends Never Die, The Rugged Man’s latest release, is being touted as a classic worldwide, balancing technically brilliant lyricism with raw honesty and head-nodding production. The album is not only a celebration of R.A.’s illustrious career, but an exciting look at what’s still to come. One of the most fascinating figures in hip-hop history is just getting started.
A-F-R-O (All Flows Reach Out) is an 18-year old MC from Los Angeles, CA. He first gained notoriety in 2014 for an audio submission to R.A The Rugged Man’s ‘Definition of a Rap Flow’ contest, which quickly went viral. R.A. described the submission, saying “this kid won the contest before it even ended!” It became a platform to showcase A-F-R-O’s “off the top” ability; witty word play, distinctive voice and a complexity to his rhyme schemes. A-F-R-O quickly captured the attention of notable figures in music. Questlove is quoted as saying, “A-F-R-O is the future of Hip-Hop.” Queen Latifah personally requested him to perform on her talk show. A-F-R-O is now prepping upcoming EPs & has a consistent tour schedule, including festival appearances at SoundSet, Splash Festival, and more.
Supporting Acts: DJ Selecta, Track Meet Cypher

Food Hall entry is free, and will be available throughout the evening. Admission to the theater is limited to ‘full event’ ticket holders only, but the final rounds of the competition will be viewable on a 20ft projection to ‘battle only’ ticket holders. All ages are welcome for this event.

4pm-8:00pm: Breaking competition in the Café | Indoor Food Vendors
8:10pm: Curtain announcement
8:15pm: Breaking competition Semifinals on stage
8:30pm: Local opener
8:50pm: Breaking competition finals
9:00pm: Headliner


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