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Art Los Angeles Contemporary is extremely pleased to celebrate its ninth edition with a performance by seminal Los Angeles hip-hop group Freestyle Fellowship on Friday, January 26 at Zebulon Café Concert.
Founded in the early ‘90s in South Los Angeles’ Leimert Park neighborhood, Freestyle Fellowship emerged right before the social and racial tensions of Los Angeles erupted in the 1992 L.A. Riots. Gesturing musically more towards the freestyle and free-associative work of De La Soul or A Tribe Called Quest, they were among the first jazz-influenced hip-hop groups. Their first record, To Whom It May Concern (1991) presciently foresaw the issues that Los Angeles at that time, with lyrics that questioned gangsta rap’s self-destructive tendencies as well as the ruthless brutality of the L.A. Police Department of that era. One further album would follow, 1993’s Innercity Griot, before each member pursued individual work until their third album Temptations in 2001 and then returning again for their fourth album The Promise in 2011. Currently, members in Freestyle Fellowship include Aceyalone, Myka 9, P.E.A.C.E. and Self Jupiter.
The performance at Zebulon Cafe Concert takes place on Friday, January 26 at 8pm. Purchase tickets online in advance via TicketFly.
Advanced reservations are strongly recommended as the venue has limited capacity.
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